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Prayers for Manchester

The Liturgical Commission has received a number of enquiries today in the wake of yesterday’s events in Manchester, asking for resources for vigil services. In addition to the prayers tweeted by the Church of England Communications team, by a number of dioceses and by other individuals, the links below to the Church of England website give a number of appropriate prayers for the world/society here

and for individuals here

For those needing a complete order of service, pp. 443-448 of New Patterns for Worship has an outline headed “Facing Pain: a Service of Lament” — also downloadable from here

Some of the ‘Cross’ and ‘Lament’ (possibly also ‘Living in the world’ and ‘Relationships and healing’) resources from New Patterns for Worship might also be appropriate for inclusion in that service, or as stand-alone elements in your regular service.


  • Simon Kershaw says:

    The Revd Ally Barrett has helpfully compiled this further list of suitable resources here as a pdf file.

    It includes hymn suggestions, further prayers, images, quotations, children’s and all-age resources, sermon ideas, and a “disaster response toolkit” for more general use.

  • Julie Mintern says:

    Unfortunately I am unable to access Revd Ally Barrett’s resources. Simply getting the dreaded 404 Not Found
    Please advise.

  • Simon Kershaw says:

    Sorry — I’ve corrected the link, which was accidentally including the full stop at the end of the sentence as part of the link.

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