While Gov. Gen. David Johnston was leading a memorial on Parliament Hill Monday night for the victims killed at a Quebec City mosque on Sunday, a small group of Erin residents held their own candlelight vigil at McMillan Park.
“Let us come together in peaceful solidarity,” said Rector Susan Wilson of All Saints Anglican Church, who sent out a call for a time of prayer and reflection.
“We still believe love can cross cultural barriers and boundaries,” said Pastor Darryl Buckle of Erin Village Alliance Church.
“We will be people of a larger neighbourhood. We will create stories of peace in this world. We won’t get swept into all of the hate and all of the vitriol that gets spewed around. We’ll be people of love.
“So God, do a deep work in our hearts to create that kind of love in us, so we can see past the fear and rumours and just see people who are children of God.”
Another vigil service was being organized by Rev. Sue Boddaert for Tuesday evening, 6:30 p.m., at Hillsburgh Baptist Church.
In Ottawa, hundreds of people gathered around the Centennial Flame on Parliament Hill for a memorial to the six people killed and 19 injured in the attack.
The Governor General called it an “unspeakable act” and Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen said it was “an act of terrorism – contrary to all that we hold dear.”