Yesterday, there was an attack in France directed against Christians participating in mass. You can read about it here. This tragedy struck especially near to the heart of our own Marc Billon. Marc is French and offered these words to help us pray. Take a moment to lament and pray for those affected by this act of terror:
Friends of Grace Church,
France is again shocked today and plunged into profound horror after Jacques Hamel an elderly priest was killed while celebrating mass this morning.
"The murderer cut the throat of the priest. This is an act sufficiently thought out to further destabilize French society" said the president of the Normandy region. 11 attacks have occurred in France since January 2015.
With my french compatriots, I cry out to God.
Lord, I pray for Jacques Hamel, for the nuns and other victims of this horrible violence. I pray for their families and communities who today are mourning the horrible loss of their priest. Lord, may the consoling presence of your Holy Spirit be with all the victims.
In Union of Prayers,