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London Explosions
The Diocese of London ^ | 7/07/2005 | The Bishop of London and the Archbishop of Nigeria

Posted on 07/07/2005 5:08:52 PM PDT by sionnsar

Church in London - Update

St Paul's Cathedral

St Paul's Cathedral is open for private prayer until 5pm today. The Bishop of London will attend a said Evensong service at 4pm. All people of faith and goodwill are welcome.

Statement from the Bishop of London

The attack on London is not an attack on Presidents and men of power but an attack on ordinary Londoners travelling to work by bus and tube. The bombs went off without warning and were obviously intended to cause indiscriminate slaughter of Londoners, Christians and Muslims, Jews, Hindus, Sikhs all without distinction.

At 4 pm we are holding a special service in St Paul’s. My prayer today is for those who are maimed, injured and bereaved, a prayer also for those who are anxious and fearful.

But also my prayer for and with all Londoners is that we may show the spirit of this city, a spirit of unity, a spirit of defiance and a spirit of compassion for all who are suffering. One immediate and practical problem is how to care for the thousands who are stranded and I know that the churches are playing their part in offering emergency shelter.

On Wednesday evening St Paul’s Cathedral was packed with Londoners come to listen to the Secretary General of the UN and the Chancellor of the Exchequer on what can be done to tackle poverty in the world. The atmosphere was electric and the determination to do something practical to help was obvious. That is the real agenda in today’s world. By contrast this act of violence is a cruel irrelevance. It is useless to speculate on the state of mind of the people who cold bloodedly planned and executed this atrocity, but it is a sin against God and against every decent human feeling.

I am full of admiration for the way in which the emergency services have responded. I have had a stream of reports from clergy on the spot and I have been very proud of the way they have worked along side the emergency services. The response has been prompt and magnificent. Churches in the vicinity of the bombs have been open for prayer, comfort and practical assistance.

A Message from the Archbishop of Nigeria

The Archbishop of Nigeria telephoned from Abuja, as soon as he heard the news, to express his horror and to assure Londoners of his prayers - "violence solves absolutely nothing, it deepens the tragedies of the world and its sufferings"

A Prayer from Christ Church, Highbury for those who are suffering

O Saviour Christ, in whom there is neither Jew nor Greek, East nor West, Black nor white, we pray for all, of whatever nation, who are suffering after today’s explosions. We pray especially for those least able to receive human help and for those who are anxious about lost relatives or friends. We ask that through your ministry of love and life, wounds of body and spirit may be healed and that in You people will find peace with God and peace with one another, for your truth and mercy’s sake, Amen.

TOPICS: Mainline Protestant
KEYWORDS: london

1 posted on 07/07/2005 5:08:52 PM PDT by sionnsar
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Seeing the words "Bishop of London" drew my memories back to the days of +Graham Leonard, whom my wife and I had the honor to meet. A real gentleman, and a committed Christian.

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