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'An attack on childhood itself'; reflection at County's Cathedral

Lancashire parishes remember Manchester Arena bomb attack victims.
Hundreds of people from Anglican parishes across Lancashire stood in sombre silence last night at the County’s Anglican Cathedral in Blackburn to remember the victims and injured of the Manchester Arena bomb attack.
They were attending the local ‘beacon launch event’ for the Archbishops’ 10-day prayer initiative ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. As it is ecumenical, people from Methodist, Catholic and independent churches in Lancashire were also in the congregation.
After the events of Monday of this week it was decided there would also be opportunity for prayer and reflection specifically for the Manchester bomb victims and their families, several of whom come from Lancashire.
The Bishop of Burnley, Rt Rev Philip North, was leading the service and introduced the minute’s silence saying: “As we meet tonight we are acutely aware of what is going on our nation. This was an attack, not just on a city, but on childhood itself.
“While praying for everyone involved in the attack and the families who have lost loved ones, it is vital to keep our young people and children at the heart of our prayers.
“In the sight of such hatred and violence the only response and the only healing comes through the balm of prayer.”
A minute’s silence, followed by further prayers, then followed.
Many people attending the service also took the opportunity to sign a Book of Condolence which has been opened at the Cathedral. They included the Diocesan Bishop, Rt Rev Julian Henderson, who is the Bishop of Blackburn.
Bishop Julian wrote “We commit to pray for all caught up in this horror and ask for the peace of God, that passes all understanding, to protect and keep all who most need it at this time.”
  • Services and vigils of reflection and prayer for the Manchester attacks also continue to take place in parish churches across the County of Lancashire, including regular services this coming Sunday as well. You can find details of your local church, including website links, on
  • Many of our churches are also currently opening their doors to visit and for prayer during the 10 days of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’. Find out about churches holding services and open events on under the ‘Events’ tab.
Ronnie Semley

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