Church leader around the world conduct prayer services for the victims of Paris attacks.
After the deadly attacks in Paris, Church leaders across the world have been offering prayers and sending messages of cohesion to the victims. In this regard, head of the Church of England’s Diocese of Europe, Rt Revd Dr Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe said, “I am deeply shocked by the terrible tragedy which has befallen the city of Paris. I offer my fervent prayers for the families who have so brutally and suddenly lost loved ones, and for all who are struggling with serious injury.
As a diocese we want to express our solidarity with the people of France at this dark time. Acts of terror against innocent people are totally abhorrent. We pray for deliverance from evil and that all the perpetrators and their accomplices are swiftly brought to justice.”
The Suffragan Bishop of Europe, the Rt Revd David Hamid, in a message to Church of England churches in Central Paris, St George’s in Rue Auguste-Vacquerie and St Michael’s in Rue D’Aguesseau said: “Once again violence and terrorism have struck France and the world is in shock. The numbers of dead and injured in the attacks across Paris must make this one of the deadliest of such crimes.
Across the diocese this weekend we will be praying for the people of Paris at this time of national mourning, distress and fear. We pray for all who have died that our Loving God will welcome them into his arms. We pray that God will comfort all who grieve, as well as the injured and the fearful.
And we pray that terrorism may be overcome and violent hearts turned to paths of peace. In the face of hatred we pray that we may show forth love, and in this time of despair we remember our calling to be lights in a darkened world. May the peace of the Lord be with you.”
Moreover, officials of the American Cathedral in Paris, part of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe, stated, “Please come. We need to be together and to pray together, the Very Revd Lucinda Laird, Dean of the Cathedral, said. “Please keep our Cathedral community and the city of Paris in your prayers – especially the victims and their families. Most of all, pray for peace.”
Furthermore, the Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd Justin Welby, termed the tragic news as “desperate news of deep tragedy.” Justin Welby in a Tweet expressed severe grief over the incident saying, “We weep with those affected and pray for deliverance and justice.”