Prayer on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Prayer on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Sister Anne offered this closing prayer at the city-wide service sponsored by Inter-Church Ministries of Erie County on the 10th Anniversary of 9/11:

God of grace and mercy,
God of beginnings and endings,

May we who stand in the middle of a trinity of time
— past, present, and future —
once again lift our hearts to You,
the Divine Source of All Life,
as we prepare to take our leave.

(Brief Silence)

God who brings forth good things from the dark times of life,
Today we have been one in prayer and faith:

We have gathered in community.
We have remembered September 11, 2001.
We have reflected on 10 years of healing.
We have reverenced the importance of unity.
We have embraced hope.

Now, the time has come to return to our families and faith communities.

We thank You, O God,
for this event and the persons, talents and loves
that have helped us to discover purpose and meaning
in an anniversary that challenges us to ask, yet again, for:

a renewed faith so that we may be people of peace and forgiveness.
a renewed hope so that we may be people of courage and conviction.
a renewed love so that we may be people of compassion and care.

May the spirit of this gathering
liberate us to be a healing presence
in any and all situations,
so that each and every one of us may say:

May my mind think no harm.
May my lips speak no harm,
May my hands do no harm.
May the children of tomorrow
bless the work I offer.

And to all of this let us say: Amen!

Sister Anne Wambach, OSB, the twenty-first prioress of the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania is a native of Philadelphia. She moved to Mount St. Benedict Monastery in 1992 to respond to a desire to experience the monastic way of life. Previously a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph in Chestnut Hill, Sister Anne began the formal transfer process to the Erie Benedictines in 1993 and made her monastic profession in 1997.

Sister Anne has served the people of the Diocese of Erie as a teacher at St. Gregory's School in North East, Pa., from 1992-1995, and at the Neighborhood Art House in Erie, beginning as program director in 1995 and as executive director since 2005. She served on the Monastic Council from 2006-2010.