Prayers for all those involved in the Westminster terror attack

PRAYERS are being said and a Collect for Peace has been published by the Church of England following yesterday’s tragic terror attack in Westminster.

Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament and Westminster Bridge in London. Photo: Shutterstock.

This morning Bishop Steven tweeted: “My thoughts and prayers today are with the bereaved and injured in yesterday’s attack in Westminster and with colleagues in Parliament.”

The following Collect for Peace has been published. The Archbishop of York has been recorded praying the Collect.

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 of Leeds, the Rt Revd Nick Baines, responded to the attacks on BBC Radio Four’s Thought for the Day. The transcript of what he said can be found here. 

The Revd Canon Tony Dickinson the Vicar of the Terriers in High Wycombe, was in Westminster when the attack happened, returning unsold stock from a Lent bookstall to the Church House Westminster bookshop and catching up with his son, Hugh, 22. Hugh is a journalism student who was on a work placement at Portcullis House.

“We’d had lunch and were coming back. I dropped Hugh off at Portcullis House and turned around the corner as the car crashed into the railings. I’d bumped into a camera crew on my way to Church House and I heard the gunshots.”

Realising how serious the situation was, Tony got himself away from Westminster, getting back to High Wycombe by 5pm. Meanwhile Hugh was caught in the parliament lock down and not able to leave Portcullis House until 7.15pm. “We were in constant contact by text, Facebook and Twitter,” said Tony.


Bishop Colin’s response to the murder of Father Jacques Hamel in France

FOLLOWING yesterday’s terror attack in France, the Rt Revd Colin Fletcher, the Bishop of Dorchester, said: “All of us, I am sure, have been greatly saddened by the news of the murder of Father Jacques Hamel and I am very grateful for the messages I have received from our many friends in our Muslim communities expressing their horror at what was done in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.  We join with them and with the people of France in praying for all those whose lives have been caught up in this atrocity.”