In wake of tragedy in Toronto on Monday: message from ++Colin Johnson, 23 April 2018

Nearby Toronto churches open for vigil and prayer

Tragedy has struck our city today. I weep for those who have died. I join in prayer for those who are physically injured or suffering emotionally from having witnessed such carnage, and for having lost loved ones. It is hard to comprehend such violence. The incident took place very near our parish of St. George on Yonge, which [was] within the investigation cordon. [The neighbouring Anglican Church of the Incarnation at 15 Clairtrell Road, a half block north of the Bayview and Sheppard subway stop, was open for prayer and vigil in the evening that day.]


[On Sunday,] many Christian churches celebrated Good Shepherd Sunday, recalling Jesus as the one who cares for all his people in times of anguish. Psalm 23 was read, which includes the verse "though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me." In the midst of such trauma, in the fear and confusion, anger and heartache, may we know that God is with us, with mercy and justice, healing and compassion. As the events unfold may we find ways to comfort one another in grief and support each in our resolve to be a community of freedom, unity and peace.

In the wake of yesterday's tragedy, the following Anglican parishes along the Yonge Street corridor are open for prayer and pastoral care today (24 April):

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