Following the terrible attack at the Manchester Arena on Monday night Fr. Chris opened St. Cross on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings for people to come and say a prayer or light a candle for our city and those affected. Prayers were said and candles lit at our Ascension Day service on Thursday evening and during our Sunday Morning Eucharist.
Some prayers can be found below if you would still like to pray.
A message from the Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police, Ian Hopkins, can be found here, followed by a response from Fr. Chris. Our thoughts, love and prayers are with the victims and their families and friends and also with the victims of the London Attack and their loved ones.
The words below are taken from a prayer sheet Fr. Chris prepared for use by people visiting St. Cross in the mornings after the bombing on Monday 22nd May... please #prayformanchester
Prayers for Victims of Terrorism
At times like this, prayer is one way in which we can pour out to God our grief, but also go to God to rekindle our hope that we live in a world for which Jesus died and rose again. Nothing, no matter how many killed or injured in a blast, can take that central truth away.
A Collect for Peace
O God, who art the author of peace and lover of concord, in knowledge of whom standeth our eternal life, whose service is perfect freedom: Defend us, thy humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies; that we, surely trusting in thy defense, may not fear the power of any adversaries; through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Loving God, Welcome into your arms the victims of violence and terrorism. Comfort their families and all who grieve for them. Help us in our fear and uncertainty, And bless us with the knowledge that we are secure in your love. Strengthen all those who work for peace, And may the peace the world cannot give reign in our hearts.