“To you, O Lord, we pray”: Primate speaks to Moncton tragedy

“To you, O Lord, we pray”

In these last few days all Canadians have been following with great sadness the tragic shootings of RCMP Officers in Moncton, New Brunswick.  Moments like this remind us of the terrible dangers that police officers face in the line of duty and the horrific cost associated with a career devoted to serving and protecting our communities from all harm.

I ask you to join me in praying for the officers who died this week and for their families who grieve so deeply, and for the officers who remain in hospital with family at their bedside.  Let us remember the entire RCMP family so shaken by these shootings.

Let us remember the young man who allegedly committed this terrible crime and his family as they struggle to cope too.

Let us remember the people of Moncton traumatized by the events of this past week, all who will tend those suffering from post traumatic stress and all clergy who in coming days, will be conducting funerals and leading public memorials.

Finally let us hold in our prayers all men and women in uniform whose life’s work is to serve and protect in postings ranging from cities and towns to rural and very remote communities from coast to coast to coast across this vast country.

“Lord, in your mercy,
Hear our prayer”

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