In response to the tragedy that occurred in Nova Scotia this weekend, Bishop Logan asks that you and your parishes make an effort to respond as follows:
- Please pray for the people of the province of Nova Scotia, particularly those in the community of Portapique and surrounding areas. Pray especially for those people who have been directly affected by the tragedy: the family and friends of the victims; the frontline workers in Nova Scotia, including the RCMP, the Victorian Order of Nurses, Corrections Canada, and all Firefighters (all institutions that assisted in response to the shooter and who each suffered members lost to the shooter); and the paramedics and medical staff who received and treated victims. Pray for the Diocese of Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island—for their bishop, Ron, for all the clergy, and for the laity. Pray for other Christian communities in Nova Scotia, for the Muslims and their Imams, for the Jews and their Rabbis, and all other faiths ministering at this time.
- Reach out and offer support to your local police departments (especially the RCMP), nurse’s unions, fire departments, and if applicable, corrections departments. Offer their members your support. Offer to pray with them via Zoom, etc. Send them cards or notes of condolence. Send flowers. Put signs on your lawns showing your love and support.
- Offer support to one another. Hold vigil for those who have died, praying that they may find peace in God’s kingdom and that those grieving for them are comforted in their time of need. Remind your parishioners to reach out to those friends and family in Nova Scotia. In these strange times when we cannot offer hugs, and when funerals and memorials will be put on hold until we can gather again, it’s even more important to reach out to those grieving.
Rest eternal grant unto them, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon them.
May they rest in peace and rise with Christ in glory.