I was amongst many Victorians at St Paul’s Cathedral in Melbourne this morning to honour the victims of the Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 disaster in the Ukraine last week.
The Anglican Primate of Australia, Dr Philip Freier hosted a multi-denominational and inter-faith service to comfort family and friends of those who perished.
Dr Freier spoke of the comfort that God seeks to bring to those mourning the loss of the 298 people on board the flight. He spoke of the journey ahead in repatriating the bodies of loved ones to be brought home for intimate farewell and burial in their communities.
The service was a moving expression of solidarity and a call for justice.
Dignitaries, including Victorian Governor Alex Chernov, the Premier Dr Denis Napthine, comforted grieving family members before and after the service. Members of the Sunbury Lions Football Club were visible in team colours, in support of the family of deceased locals Albert and Maree Rizk.
It was fitting of Canon Heather Patacca to pray:
"Merciful Father, hear our prayers and comfort us; renew our trust in your Son, whom you raised from the dead; strengthen our faith that all who have died in the love of Christ will share in his resurrection "
The Australian Christian Lobby joins with all Australians in extending love and comfort to the families who have lost love ones.