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Archbishop Colin Johnson joins in prayer and lament; church opens for vigil

Archbishop Colin Johnson has written the following statement on the incident in North York today:

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 is still within the investigation cordon. We will open the neighbouring Anglican Church of the Incarnation at 15 Clairtrell Road, a half block north of the Bayview and Sheppard subway stop, for prayer and vigil tonight from 7:30-9.

Yesterday, 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.