El Maley Rakhamim for Victims of Gun Violence

El maley rakhamim,
God, full of mercy, who dwells above,
Remind us of your Divine Presence here, below, where hearts break as blood flows.
Our neighborhood has lost dozens and dozens of community members and beloveds to gun violence in just the last few years, and we are not alone.
Give rest on the wings of the Divine Presence to the souls of these individuals whose lives were taken far too soon
And may they find rest on your wings in the knowledge that we, their neighbors, their survivors, will not forget them and will not forget the work that we must do to fix this broken world.
Merciful One, as we work to protect living souls so that no more lives will be lost to guns, protect our lost neighbors and loved ones’ souls forever. The Everlasting is their heritage, and they shall rest peacefully at their lying places. And let us say: Amen.

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