Bishop issues prayer after police deaths

The Bishop of Manchester has issued a prayer after the murders of PCs Fiona Bone and Nicola Hughes this week.

The prayer will be used by many churches across Manchester and nationwide this weekend.

Earlier in the week, Bishop Nigel McCulloch sent a message of sympathy to Chief Constable of Greater Manchester.

In his message, the bishop said: “I want to convey to you our shock at the horrific killing of the two young policewomen, together with our continuing thoughts and prayers for their families, and for you and the Greater Manchester Police Force at this time of heart-rending bereavement.

“I want to express to you not only our sorrow about what has happened, but our constant appreciation for the bravery and commitment of your police officers.

“In my capacity as Chair and Convenor of the Greater Manchester Faith Community Leaders Group, I have been asked to pass on to you the sincere commiserations of all the members, who are likewise shocked and horrified about the killings."

The prayer reads:

Almighty God,
we pray for all who at this time mourn Fiona and Nicola,
who have been tragically killed whilst serving the public;
and we ask for your comfort
and strength to be especially
with their loved ones and colleagues.

As we pray also for those
who continue to be in danger from this violence,
we give thanks for the constant courage
and devotion to duty of the police,
and all who take risks
to protect our communities.

May they be strengthened for the tasks they face
and supported in the commitment they give,
that they may further the well-being of all people
and enable our society to be loving, just and at peace.

We ask this in the name of Our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.