Manchester Bomb – Bishops' Statement

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Today we join our prayers with the families and friends of those who mourn the dead.

We pray for the injured, the traumatised and also the emergency services and medical staff who will support them in the days ahead.
 
As many of those attending the concert in Manchester came from Cheshire, Greater Manchester and beyond, these events will touch communities across the North West. Prayers are being offered at Chester Cathedral and we know that many churches are making space and time for people who wish to pray, light a candle or sit quietly.
 
We want to reaffirm our determination that those who murder and maim will never defeat all that is good in our society. Nor can they defeat the message of peace, hope and love which is a part of the message of faith. Each one of us can respond to this horror by working to build communities which oppose those who wish to divide us. We should seek to defeat terrorism not by violence but by the power of love. A love which Christians celebrate in the teachings of Jesus.
 
Bishop of Chester (Rt Revd Dr Peter Forster), Bishop of Stockport (Rt Revd Libby Lane), Bishop of Birkenhead (Rt Revd Keith Sinclair)

A Collect for Peace
O God, the author of peace and lover of concord,
to know you is eternal life and to serve you is perfect freedom:
Defend us, your humble servants, in all assaults of our enemies;
that we, surely trusting in your defence, may not fear the power of any adversaries;
through the might of Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

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