My prayers along with the prayers of the people of the Diocese of Ontario are joined with the sympathies of all Canadians reflected in our Prime Minister’s words and in the statements of faith leaders from across our nation. It is my fervent hope that the prayers we offer will show forth in action through a renewed commitment to the values we hold in common. May those who died so tragically rest in peace, their families be enfolded in love and those injured find recovery in body and spirit.
The Coventry Litany of Reconciliation will be held this Friday at noon on the King St. steps of St. George’s Cathedral with particular focus on addressing this tragedy and providing opportunity for us all to focus our prayers and actions on the ministry of reconciliation which lies at the heart of the faith we proclaim.
I would encourage everyone to attend vigils of support wherever they may be organized throughout the diocese. We will endeavour to pass on information we receive about any planned events in our area.
I also share with you this statement from the President of the Canadian Council of Churches on the Quebec City attack.
I have asked that a book of condolences be available at St. George’s Cathedral in Kingston for members of our diocese to sign. Parishes are encouraged to download this condolence page and invite their members to sign it. It will be added to the book of condolence that will be sent to the Centre Culturel Islamique de Quebec. Once your parishioners have had the opportunity to sign in memory of the victims, please mail the page(s) by February 17, 2017, to: Wendy Pierson, Anglican Diocese of Ontario, PO Box 490 Kingston Main, Kingston, ON, K7L 4W5.
Almighty and everlasting God, the comfort of the sad and the strength of those who suffer, hear the prayers of your people who are in any trouble. Grant to all those who are in distress mercy and relief through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Yours in the Hope of Christ,