Our prayers today are with our brothers and sisters in Baltimore following the devastating collapse of the Francis Scott Key Bridge, and for the families who now seek to rebuild their lives after the loss of their loved ones.

Dean Hollerith speaking in the Cathedral with lit candles in the background

Today’s tragedy is a sobering reminder of how blessed we are for all the people who serve the public good in crucial but often overlooked jobs: repair crews, safety inspectors, road workers, transit and shipping workers and, of course, our brave first responders.  

These neighbors toil in harsh conditions and in the dark of night to keep us safe. Their work allows us to do our work. They keep us safe; they keep us moving, they keep our economy working. We pray that we might see with fresh eyes the sacrifices they make and the work they do on behalf of those they will never meet.  

We lift before God each life lost in this tragic accident, and we pray for God’s healing comfort for their families. In the sacredness of Holy Week, may all those who mourn draw comfort and healing from the promise of eternal life.  

Blessed are you, Lord, God of mercy, who through your Son gave us a marvelous example of charity and the great commandment of love for one another. Send down your blessings on these your servants, who so generously devote themselves to helping others. Grant them courage when they are afraid, wisdom when they must make quick decisions, strength when they are weary, and compassion in all their work. When the alarm sounds and they are called to aid both friend and stranger, let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen. 

 (Adapted from the Book of Blessings, #587, by Diana Macalintal | Episcopal Relief and Development) 



The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith