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Der voghormya: Lord, have mercy…

Of the wicked mass murders in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio on August 3, there is little of meaning to be said, beyond these words adapted from the Armenian hokehankisd service.  To a people acquainted with grief, this prayer has been recited for generations to bring a measure of peace to mind and soul. May it do so now.

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Christ, Son of God, forbearing and compassionate: As our loving creator, have mercy on the souls of your servants who are at rest; especially on the innocent souls whose precious lives were taken last Saturday. They were your servants, and for them we offer this prayer.

Remember them, on that great day when your Kingdom comes. Make them worthy of mercy; expiate and forgive their sins. Glorify them, and reckon them among the saints at your right hand.

For you are the Lord: creator of all things, judge of the living and the dead. Glory, dominion, and honor belong to you, now and always, and unto the ages of ages. Amen.

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