From all of us in the Diocese of Sodor and Man our heartfelt sympathy, condolences and our prayers go out to the people of Manchester and all those affected following the terror attack in the city last night.
God of compassion
you hear the cries of all who are in trouble or distress;
accept our prayers for those whose lives are affected by the Manchester bombing.
We pray especially for those suddenly facing a future
without a child, parent or loved one,
young ones who are deeply distressed,
those who are injured, traumatized or awaiting news.
Strenghten them in their hour of need,
grant them perseverance and courage to face the future
and give to them your deep peace.
The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Rev David Walker has said; 'Today is a day to mourn the dead, to pray with their families and with the injured, and to reaffirm our determination that those who murder and maim will never defeat us.
Like other great cities, Manchester is an obvious target for terrorists to choose. What makes this latest atrocity particularly dreadful is the deliberate choice of a concert known to attract very young fans. Many lives will be lived out, impacted by this tragedy for long years to come. Others have had decades of life ripped away from them.
There is a proper anger and rage in the face of events like this. Our challenge will be to direct that rage and anger to be a force for good. We will rally around the victims and their families. We will unite across our diversity, drawing close especially to any that the terrorists would seek to separate us from. And we will rebuild and repair the damage to our city, as we have done before.
Today is a day to mourn, and I would ask churches throughout Greater Manchester and beyond to make space and time for people who wish to come into their buildings and pray. But today is also a day to begin our response. A response that will crush terrorism not by violence but by the power of love. A love which Christians celebrate especially now in Eastertide.'
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