HORA TERTIA FOR THE ONE MONTH MEMORIAL
OF THE TERRORIST ATTACKS OF SEPTEMBER 11th 2001
PRAYER OF JOHN PAUL II
Thursday 11 October 2001
At the beginning of the Hora Tertia for the one month
memorial of the terrorist attack on September 11th 2001, the Holy Father John
Paul II pronounced the following Monition:
Brothers and Sisters,
Dear Synodal Fathers,
since the inhumane terrorist attacks
which occurred in different parts of the
United States of America,
we again recommend
to the eternal mercy of the
God of our Fathers
the numerous innocent victims.
We ask for consolation and comfort
for their family and
burdened by pain;
we invoke strength and courage
many who continue their work
in the places struck by this terrible disaster;
we implore for tenacity and perseverance
by all men of goodwill
on the paths of justice and peace.
May the Lord remove from the heart of man
every trace of
resentment, of hostility and of hate,
and open him to reconciliation,
solidarity and to peace.
Let us pray so that the "culture of love"
may be established
all over the world.
After the Hymn, the Psalmody and the brief reading of the
Hora Tertia of the day, a Synod father, H.E. Most Rev. John Olurunfemi
ONAIYEKAN, Archbishop of Abuja, President of the Episcopal Conference (Nigeria)
and a Fraternal Delegate, H. E. Most Rev. Peter FORSTER, Bishop of Chester
(Great Britain), Fraternal Delegate of the Anglican Communion, held a brief
Then the Holy Father introduced the Intercessions (the Prayer
of the faithful) with the following words:
In communion with the Virgin Mary
we offer to God the Father
our unanimous prayer
so that through Christ his Son
the hearts of men on
the entire earth
may be infused with
the Spirit of consolation
Lord who gives life.
The Intercessions were read by:
in Spanish: H.E. Most Rev. Roberto Octavio GONZÁLEZ NIEVES,
O.F.M., Archbishop of San Juan de Puerto Rico, President of the Episcopal
Conference (Puerto Rico).
in Arabic: H.E. Most Rev. Thomas MERAM, Archbishop of Urmya
of the Chaldeans, Bishop of Salmas of the Chaldeans, President of the
Episcopal Conference (Iran).
After reciting the Our Father and before the Apostolic
Benediction, the Holy Father pronounced the following prayer:
O God, Almighty and Merciful,
he who sows discord cannot
he who loves violence cannot welcome you:
watch over us in
our painful human condition
tried by the brutal acts of terrorism and death;
Comfort your children and open our hearts to hope,
that our time may again
know days of serenity and peace.
Through Christ our Lord.