Bishop Sean and Denise Clarke-Merriweather Lead Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting

On May 15, Bishop Sean and Denise Clarke-Merriweather of St. Philip’s Episcopal Church in Buffalo led a short service on Zoom and Facebook Live to pray for the souls of those who died in the mass shooting at a supermarket on the East Side of Buffalo, to ask God to comfort their loved ones, and give thanks for the lives of those who survived this massacre, and for the first responders who reported so quickly to the scene.

“Yesterday, a white supremacist opened fire in a supermarket on Buffalo’s East Side, murdering ten precious children of God, injuring several others, and forever changing the lives of those who witnessed this violence, and those who grieve the loved ones they have lost,” Bishop Sean said.

“Yet again, we are seeing the results of the deadly mix of racism and gun violence that is coming to define our era of American history. And this time, it has come close to home.

“The ‘Litany in the Wake of a Mass Shooting’ offered by Bishops United Against Gun Violence commemorates the dead, comforts loved ones and honor survivors and first responders of mass shootings dating back to the Wisconsin Sikh Temple Shooting in 2012. Today, 10 years later, the litany has been updated to include another mass shooting at the hands of a white supremacist in our beloved Buffalo.

“We offer this litany with the reminder that one does not pray in lieu of summoning political courage, but in preparation for doing so. We must work to liberate our country and our communities from the sin of white supremacy and the gun violence it inspires.”

Download the bulletin and watch video of the service: