Call to Prayer

Posted by Rachel Brittain on Thu, 01 Jun 2017 | Bookmark: digg this Post this to del.icio.us Post this to Facebook

Church Leaders have been encouraging christians to pray for the victims of the recent terrorist attacks in Manchester and Egypt.

Archbishop Richard Clarke, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland:

While we are rightly appalled by callous attacks on citizens close to home at this time, I am acutely conscious that we must also condemn the atrocious killing and wounding of dozens of Coptic Christians in Egypt while travelling towards a monastery in recent days. We remember those who bear the name of Christ there in our hearts and prayers. We should think of them as Christian martyrs

It is tragic that Coptic Christians in Egypt have increasingly become targets, with four brutal massacres since last December, including attacks on churches on Palm Sunday. In speaking out against these horrors, we also pray for those families who have been bereaved and for those who have been injured – for their recovery and wellbeing, and for those who are attending to their medical needs and welfare – praying in the name of the Prince of Peace, Our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

Archbishop Mouneer Anis, Bishop in Egypt with North Africa and the Horn of Africa:

Thank you for all your messages of condolences and your prayers. Thank you again for your condolences. President Sisi conveyed his condolences and expressed his strong determination to fight and defeat terrorists. He also announced about the formation of a national council for fighting terrorism that will have all the authority to take firm action. Please pray for us and for Egypt. May the Lord bless you!

Archbishop Justin Welby – Archbishop of Canterbury:

Jesus has come to the darkest place of the greatest pain, the deepest anguish and most profound god-forsakenness. This man of sorrows, who knows deep suffering from the inside, is now alive – he has been raised by God from the grave.

That is why we have hope. Suffering and evil will not have the last word: the Kingdom of God will come.

In these days of great pain and anguish, where there are so many questions and so few answers, let us pray that Jesus would enter all the rooms that are locked by fear.

Let us pray that he would breathe his Spirit into those of us who long for the coming of his Kingdom. Let us pray that his living presence would bring us peace beyond our understanding.