Message from the Primates regarding Las Vegas massacre

by Margaret Wessel Walker

The Archbishop of Canterbury released the following message on Facebook and Twitter, speaking on behalf of the Primates of the church, who are all meeting in Canterbury this week.

After the dreadful events in Las Vegas today, the Primates of the Anglican Communion who are meeting in Canterbury have sent this message to the Bishop of Nevada, the Rt Revd Dan Edwards:

“We were greatly distressed to learn of the dreadful events in Las Vegas last night. The scale of the loss of life and the numbers of injured is truly shocking. We are sending our deepest condolences to you and to the people of your diocese – in particular, the people of Las Vegas.

“We are praying for the families and friends of those who have died and for the many people who have been wounded. We remember, too, everyone else caught up in this tragedy – including the emergency services (first responders). We pray that the peace of the Lord Jesus Christ will be with the people of Las Vegas as they endure this trauma.”

More from the Primates can be found here.

Added. A brief message from the bishop of Nevada:

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Gretchen Pritchard
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Pray for our nation! Not just for this but for all the evil and horror that has possessed us. For repentance and the grace to discern a way to healing and the wisdom and strength to follow it.

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Brother Tom Hudson
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Brother Tom Hudson

It is good that the primates who are meeting this week took the time to address this tragedy. However, I am a bit curious about your lead-in: "the Primates of the church, who are all meeting in Canterbury this week." I do not believe that ALL of the primates of the Church are there, since several previously announced that they would not attend. Did they all decide to attend? That would be good news indeed.

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