Hokie Hope Day

Virginia Tech family members across the country have united to declare this Friday, April 20th, an Orange and Maroon Effect day to honor those killed in the tragic events on campus Monday, and to show support for Virginia Tech students, faculty, administrators, staff, alumni, and friends. … We invite everyone from all over the country to be a part of the Virginia Tech family this Friday, to wear orange and maroon to support the families of those who were lost, and to support the school and community we all love so much.

By the way, here’s something for the honorary Hokies — What is a Hokie?

Download full-size poster for Hokie Hope “Orange and Maroon Effect” Day >>

And, a prayer written by Terri Dewey that was read at a Monday night candlelight vigil::

Jesus, son of God, we need you now. Today we have been attacked, we have been broken, and we have been shocked as peace has been ripped away from our lives.

We have feared.

Jesus, our friends, our hallmates, our classmates… people we know have been unfairly hurt today. The innocent have died.

We are confused.

Of all the people today who have asked us how we are doing, you are the One innocent one who ask how we are today, and truly understands. You know what it feels like to be afraid, to be unfairly attacked, and to suffer and die. You took the place of each of us when you didn’t have to, when you didn’t deserve it. You took our bullet.

Jesus, son of God, we need you now.

Father, you created the lives of each of us, and you love each of us. You value our unique personality, our gifts and skills, and our individual lives. Today, life you created was killed.

We have lost something precious.

Spirit, we are already broken, and the worst may be yet to come. There are so many names we still don’t know, and so many people who are wounded. We are holding our breath, hoping for the best, and steeling ourselves for the worst.

We wait.

Spirit, Jesus said that you would come after he left, and that you would be our comforter. We ask you to hold us as we wait, and to be with us as we continue to experience grief this week.

We mourn, and we invite you to mourn with us.

God, we ask you to be with each family, and each friend, of every person who died today. They are loved, and we mourn them.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We ask you to be with each person who is wounded tonight in body and spirit, and with the family and friend of everyone who was wounded. Guide each doctor and nurse who works with the wounded. Guide their hands to heal them.

Give us hope. Help us be faithful to pray for the wounded, and please be with them as they heal.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We thank you for each person who was there to help bring safety on campus today, for each policeman and emergency worker who helped us and our friends today. We ask you to be with them, to bless them as they have blessed us, and to heal them from all they have witnessed today.

Lord, hear our prayer.

We ask you to walk with us through all that comes this week; to be a light to our path for each step we take in this dark and confusing time. We ask you to fill the campus of Virginia Tech with your light and hope, and use us to be your light, and your hope. Help us to listen, and to mourn with all of our friends who are mourning.

Lord, hear our prayer. We wait, and we mourn in silence.

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