Tuesday, 23 May 2017

A Prayer for Manchester after the Bombing

Compassionate God,
whose Love dares to dwell in the midst of us.
Be with the people of Manchester today.
Grieve with us in our grief,
search with us as we seek out lost loved ones,
wait with us in the anxiety of unknowing.

Help us to give thanks for the people of Manchester -
warm, open, generous and resilient;
Help us to draw on the spirit of solidarity
and the defiance in loss of this great city.
Be with our emergency services
in this time of trial.

In the midst of our fears,
and the fierce pain of loss;
when our commitment to justice
and mercy and kindness
is tested by death and terror,
be with us, O Lord.

Today let us mourn, let us weep;
meet us in our anger,
fear and disbelief.

Tomorrow help us be makers of your compassionate world. Amen


  1. Bernard of Menthon23 May 2017 at 00:20

    Such terrible news. Millions of us will be paying for those killed and injured and for their families. For the emergency services and for all those good souls in Manchester helping all those affected by this atrocity.
    God does not create the problems but does have the answers. If those who perpetrated this violence really loved God and their neighbours, all those killed and injured would be safe and well today.
    Christ died for us all, sinners of whatever magnitude. The way is peace and love not hatred and violence.

  2. Bernard of Menthon23 May 2017 at 00:23

    Praying not paying

  3. Thank you Rachel for this prayer. We will use it this morning at our 9am prayers. Paul

  4. Simplicity, dignity, thoughtfulness and (com)passion - as ever. Thank you, Rachel. Much love to you and yours at this time.

  5. well crafted. I'll incorporate it into our intercessions this evening at Christchurch Cathedral in New Zealand.

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