Newspaper Prayers: Tuesday, May 23rd

Headlines from the New York Times for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Manchester Concert Attack Kills 22; Children Among Dead – The attack at a Manchester concert venue that left at least 22 people dead was almost certainly carried out by one person, the chief of the Manchester police said Tuesday morning, in a bombing that shocked the country and underlined the continued threat to European security. 

Ian Hopkins, the chief constable of the Greater Manchester Police, said the authorities were trying to determine whether the assailant, whose nationality he declined to identify, was working on his own or with assistance.

Chief Constable Hopkins said that the attack Monday night at Manchester Arena during a concert by the singer Ariana Grande was being treated as a “terrorist incident” and that the assailant had died in the blast.

The singer has a large and international following, and she usually draws a young crowd to her performances, including groups of teenage girls and their parents. While they did not identify the victims, the authorities said there were children among the dead.

Readings from Isaiah 57.18-19 for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Isaiah 57.18-19 – I have seen their ways, but I will heal them; I will lead them and repay them with comfort, creating for their mourners the fruit of the lips. Peace, peace, to the far and the near, says the Lord; and I will heal them. 

Prayers for Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dear God, please help us return to your principles, so that you may heal us and grant us peace.

Bob Spradlingrose-quote

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