Silence for Manchester

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The Ascension in the East Window, St John the Baptist, Peterborough

Today (25th May) is the feast of the Ascension and the beginning of the Thy Kingdom Come wave of prayer.  It is a day to be reminded that this is God’s world and we can have complete trust and confidence in God’s enduring love and goodness – whatever happens. A timely message to hold the grieving and fear, the responses of compassion, love and hospitality over the past few days. Love always wins through. Alleluia.

It was a fitting day to be asked to lead prayers at the Minute’s Silence for the victims of the Manchester attack on Monday (22nd May). This is the prayer I wrote to bring that period of silence to a close, drawing on the Ascension hope.

God of love, compassion and justice,

on this day that we celebrate

the Ascension of your Son Jesus Christ

refresh our hope and trust in you.

When evil strikes

strengthen our resolve to live in peace,

to hold and embrace the grieving,

to build and nurture the bonds that unite,

for all are children of your promise

and equally loved in your sight.  Amen.

 

© Ian Black 2017

 

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About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough, Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral and Rural Dean of Peterborough. He previously served for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian is married with two sons. He is the author of three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.
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