September 11 Requiem

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Requiem Æternum

O God, to them bequeath eternal peace
And let perpetual light on them ne'er cease.
O Present God, we cry a hymn to thee
And make a vow to grant their plea.
O hear our prayer of anguished fear
For Death's abyss now lurks so near.

O God, to them allow eternal rest
And let perpetual light be their bequest.
O God to them bequeath eternal peace
And let perpetual light on them ne'er cease.

Kyrie Eleison

O Lord, assuage us with your merciful grace.
O Christ, uplift us with your comforting face.
O Lord, assure us with your blesséd embrace.

Dies Iræ

This day, this day of bitter wrath
Will wash the world in bloody bath
As seen by the wise and the mad.

Our mournful trembling resonates
From blasted towers to distant states
To the Judge of the good and the bad.

Tuba Mirum

The trumpet's awful piercing booms
Across the twisted, steely tombs
And summons all before the Throne.

O who shall bow before the Judge?
O who shall justify their grudge?
In horror God and nature groan.

Liber Scriptus

The Hebrew, Greek, and Arabic
Pronounce against the heretic
Of terror, hate and suicide:

Revealing Truth's relentless tide,
The God of Love and everyone
Through growing dusk will rise the sun.

Quid Sum Miser

Afraid and angry what can we say?
Uncertained, muddled, how can we pray
When even innocence is banned?

Rex Tremendæ Majestatus

O Lord of Righteous Majesty,
O Where are You in this debris?
O Where Your just and freeing hand?

Recordare, Jesu Pie

O Gentle Jesus, remember our pain
From that work morning adazzle in light.
That day we fussed from our peaceable height,
Then ripped asunder by our gleaming plane.

And like th' onslaught of a great hurricane,
We are consumed by our anger and fright,
And wish, O Jesus, to take to safe flight,
Now that our future is brutally ta'en.

O Gentle Lord, we recall th' old, old cross:
Because of sin Your still suffering cry
Reverberates in the harrowing loss
And there above in the threatening sky.

O Righteous Judge in reckoning pay
Award the gift of forgiveness this day.

Ingemisco

The cosmos groans at th' evil shattered minds
Who take Your name in vain to plead their sin.
We groan, O Christ behind now-opened blinds,
Exposed to the glare of long oppression's djinn.

O Wisdom, what enormous wrongfulness
Is stalking people's hearts and souls?
O What deep, alienated longfulness
Has left unhealing, cancerous holes?

O Jesus, shower mercy on this world
That into hell fire we shall not be hurled.

Confutatis

O God, when You confound the damned
Who seek out sustenance in hate,
Pray call us out with not a wait:
But as Your mighty, righteous hand,
Not bearing sword, but contraband
Of food and medicine and fëte
So woman, child and man can stand.

Lacrimosa

What justice will be done,
What fitting plaque for the sleeping,
If Your freedom's raising sun
Endears in brilliant sweeping
The mind and heart of everyone --
What day of joyous weeping!

O God to them bequeath eternal peace
And let perpetual light on them ne'er cease.

Domine Jesu (Offertorium)

Lord Jesus Christ, release the victim's souls
For which the bell of justice tolls.
Out of th' abyss of senselessness
Restore to them Your defenselessness
Of hand in hand and mind with mind and heart to heart
So from the quick they never be apart.

Hostias

O Lord, to You in praise and tears we give
Our sacrifices, prayers and work to live
In faith and hope and righteous leagues.
Accept them on behalf of our colleagues
Of many nations whom we remember now --
Accept for them our true salaamic vow.

Sanctus

Holy, holy, holy,
Lord God so tender,
All of spatiotemporality,
All of holosynchronality
Express Your splendor.

Hosanna in the highest!

Benedictus

Let eternal light illume the hours.
Blessed are we when we live for God alone
And through us the Holy Name is known.
Let eternal life be ever ours.

Hosanna in the highest!

Agnus Dei

O Lamb of God that reconciles the world,
Let our humble courage be unfurled.
O Lamb of God that overcomes despair,
Let our faith and praxis live fore'er.

Lux Æternum

O God, to them bequeath eternal peace
And let perpetual light on them ne'er cease.
O Merciful Yahweh, with holy saints
Allow them rest and release from plaints.
And let we who remain be ever free
Of anxious anguish, fear and agony.

O God, to them allow eternal rest
And let perpetual light be their bequest.
O God to them bequeath eternal peace
And let perpetual light on them ne'er cease.

Libera Me

O Merciful God,
We stand upon a hinge of time,
A moment rare and so sublime.
We can go Right or we can go Left
Now that our space has been so cleft.
We can go Forth or we can go Back,
But no longer ignore earthly lack.
We can descend to Hell's abyss
Or ascend to Heaven's bliss.
We pray for Your guidance to liberate us.
Into Your Beloved Community integrate us.
O God, grace us with Your Salaam/Shalom benedictory,
Your one, true and only Victory.

Amen.

©2001, John A. Mills

Published in Cross Fire; Anne Macmillian, Ed,; ©2002 Sycamore House Publishers.