Statement from the Diocese of Liverpool
We pray for all those caught up in Monday night's atrocity. For the families who grieve, for the injured who need healing, for those worried or anxious about loved ones who need certainty, for the scared who need comfort, for the skills of those looking after the sick and in need, for the police and security forces to keep us safe. We give thanks for the open-hearted generosity of the people in Manchester and pray for God's love to prevail at this time.
Statement from Merseyside Council of Faiths
On behalf of Merseyside Council of Faiths, we wish to express our shock and concern following the atrocities last night at the Manchester Arena.
We remember and offer our condolences to the family and friends of those killed and maimed notably many children and young people. We also rejoice at the generosity and solidarity shown by so many Manchunians and the speedy and effective response of the Emergency Services.
Merseyside and Greater Manchester have a long history of faith communities working together to promote equality, social justice and community harmony. We send our good wishes to all those involved in working for community solidarity in the wake of this atrocity notably to all the faith communities in Manchester notably our sister body the Faith Network for Manchester (FN4M).
We send a strong message to all who want to use religion to divide our communities that all the faiths stand together today. There is no place in our society for hatred and violence.
We again encourage all people (including gatherings of faith communities, in schools and of community groups) to use the Universal Prayer of Peace as a sign of our solidarity with all those affected:
Lead us from death to Life, from falsehood to Truth.
Lead us from despair to Hope, from fear to Trust.
Lead us from hate to Love, from war to Peace.
Let Peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.
Peace, Salaam, Shalom
Dr Shiv Pande MBE DL and the Revd Dr Sheryl Anderson (Co-Chairs)
Church of England prayer:
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.
Bishop Paul said:
Prayers, love, deepest sympathy and strong solidarity with the people of #Manchester today. May God's peace & strength surround you.