Manchester 2017: Vigils

Following the awful tragedy of Monday’s suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena killing and injuring young people attending a concert, there has been a great out-pouring of grief and compassion across the nation. Here in Brighton & Hove together with cities, towns, villages and churches around the country, vigils of prayer and solidarity are being held across the city.

Vigils on Wednesday 24 May 2017

A number of vigils have been organised in the city to remember those who have been killed or injured in yesterday’s attack, you are all invited and welcome to join these.

10:30 am – One Minute Silence Vigil outside Brighton Town Hall and Hove Town Hall

Councillors, staff and residents are welcome to meet outside the main entrances at the Brighton Town Hall and Hove Town Hall at 10:30 am tomorrow for a one minute silence to remember all those killed or injured in Manchester yesterday and elsewhere in the world in similar violence.

7pm to 8pm – Vigil at Hove Methodist Church

The Interfaith Contact Group has set aside their regular weekly prayer circle tomorrow (Wednesday 24 May 2017) as a vigil, honouring all those who have suffered both directly and indirectly from the terrible tragedy that took place in Manchester last night.
Meet at: Hove Methodist Church, Portland Road, Hove. BN3 5DR.

8pm to 9pm – Vigil at St Luke’s Prestonville
St Luke’s Prstonville, 64 Old Shoreham Road, Brighton. BN1 5DD.

Details of any other events will be advertised, including the offering of a Requiem Mass by our congregation for those who lost their lives on Monday evening.

Reporting and Support

Co-operation between the public and the police is the greatest asset in tackling the challenge the UK faces from terrorism. Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council are asking all residents and communities to remain aware and to report any suspicious behaviour or activity immediately by calling the confidential anti-terrorist hotline on 0800 789 321 or 999 in an emergency. You can also report online to Sussex Police at sussex.police.uk/contact-us/report-online or the Metropolitan police at https://beta.met.police.uk/tell-us-about/possible-terrorist-activity/report-possible-terrorist-activity/

Statement

As our Metropolitan Archbishop, the following statement was released yesterday by Fr Jerome:

“After the confusion of last evening, the nation has awoken this morning to the awful clarification of an horrific event, a suicide bomb attack at Manchester Arena, as young adults and children were exiting the venue after a pop concert. The thoughts and prayers of our faithful should of course be for those families and friends affected by the tragedy of such a needless loss of young life and potential at the hands of a tortured individual clearly motivated by intolerance, hatred and bitter sadness.

“If one member suffers, all suffer together” (1 Corinthians 12:26) as local churches and congregations respond to the suffering and grief of those affected, and as the nation grieves and offers consolation, let us Christians, wherever we may be, strive together to bear witness to the Prince of Peace (Isaiah 9:6) and Light of the world (John 8:12), Our Lord Jesus Christ. May we in the sharing of suffering and compassion, testify to the hope that is in us (1 Peter 3:15), demonstrate and share that hope with others, that hearts might yet be comforted and brought to share in the knowledge of that only true love which conquers hate, the love of God.

Sadly this tragedy speaks to a darkness many are frightened to recognise but which is yet consuming our world unabated, despite its horrendous crimes against humanity. Islamism. Our brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East and Africa have already borne brave witness and great suffering to this threat which yet would destroy the peace and stability we currently enjoy in the West. Let us not be afraid to call out that false religious fervour that destroys faith in God and in neighbour and by our witness to Jesus Christ, show to all “the way, the truth and the life” (John 14:6) that will bring true peace to all. Oremus pro invicem.”

Metropolitan Jerome of Selsey

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