Manchester terror attack prayer issued by Chief Rabbi

Manchester terror attack prayer issued by Chief Rabbi

Prayer pays respects to victims of 'the brutal and merciless atrocity' and promotes 'reconciliation and respect' between communities

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis
Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis

The Chief Rabbi has issued a special prayer following the Manchester terror attack on Monday, which is to be read out on Shabbat.

It reads: “We stand before You in prayer and supplication, stunned and shocked by the brutal and merciless atrocity committed this week in Manchester – a heartless desecration of Your precious gift of life and an affront to the values of peace and democracy.

“We mourn for those who were murdered and pray that You will grant consolation to their families in the depths of their grief. Send a speedy recovery to the injured and peace of mind to all who have been traumatised by this act of barbarity.”

It further urges help in promoting “reconciliation and respect between the faiths” and ends with the hope that “peace and harmony prevail over the forces of darkness who use terror to achieve their perverted goals”.

The Queen visited the children injured by the suicide bombing at the Royal Manchester Children’s Hospital on Thursday, as well as meeting and thanking emergency services personnel who helped save lives in the aftermath.

Describing her experience speaking to The Queen, 15-year old Millie Robson said: “She was lovely.”

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