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New Zealand: Bishops’ response

15th Mar 2019

The Bishops of Chelmsford Diocese have issued the following message in response to the New Zealand terror attack. 

On behalf of the Church of England here in East London and Essex we offer our deepest condolences to our Muslim sisters & brothers after the horrendous events in New Zealand. We are devastated by this evil act, and offer those grieving and injured our love and prayers."

+Stephen Chelmsford

+John Bradwell

+Peter Barking

+ Roger Colchester



Prayers are available on the Church of England website

O Lord our God,
source of all goodness and love,
accept the fervent prayers of your people;
in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion
upon all who turn to you for help;
for you are gracious, O lover of souls,
and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.


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