Sunday prayers for USAF air crew who died in Cley helicopter crash

PUBLISHED: 10:44 10 January 2014 | UPDATED: 10:47 10 January 2014

USAF Helicopter crash at Cley. The bodies are recovered.

USAF Helicopter crash at Cley. The bodies are recovered. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2014

Prayers will be held this weekend across the Norwich diocese for the families and colleagues of the four USAF air crew who were killed in the helicopter crash at Cley.

Prayer for the four USAF air crew

“God of all consolation, we pray for all those whose lives have been affected by Tuesday’s helicopter crash. We ask for comfort for those who have been bereaved, courage for the colleagues of the crew, strength for the emergency services, peace for communities of Salthouse and Cley. Grant to all who have been affected by this tragedy your light and hope, for we pray in the name our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.”

The Bishop of Lynn, the Rt Revd Jonathan Meyrick, will join the congregation of St Nicholas’ Church, Salthouse, for their service on Sunday morning at 9.15am.

Candles will be lit for the families, friends and colleagues of Captains Christopher S Stover, 28, and Sean M Ruane, 31, technical support sergeant Dale E Mathews, 37, and staff sergeant Afton M Ponce, 28, who died on Tuesday night on marshland.

Prayers will also be said for the people of Salthouse and Cley and for the emergency services.

The Bishop will be assisted by the Revd Frank Clarke, Assistant Priest in the parish.

Speaking on behalf of the Bishop of Norwich, the Bishop of Lynn said: “We have all been shocked and deeply saddened by the loss of the four crew members involved in Tuesday’s crash.

“Words can be of little help at this time to the families, friends and colleagues of those who lost their lives, but in services across the diocese we will be remembering them in our prayers this Sunday, as well as those in Cley and Salthouse and members of the emergency services, many of whom have been left shaken by this tragedy.

“Often when a tragedy like this happens, people want to pray but are not sure how. The best prayers come straight from the heart, but the prayer below can be used by any who wish to remember before God those whose lives have been affected.”

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