[Updated on 17 September]
By ACNS staff
Washington National Cathedral has announced it is offering prayers throughout the day in response to the shootings reported at the Washington Navy Yard today.
Twelve people were killed and eight others injured in a shooting at the naval installation in the US capital. The US Navy said shots were fired at the Naval Sea Systems Command headquarters at the yard in south-east Washington DC.
In a statement released this morning, the Very Revd Gary Hall, dean of the Cathedral said, "All of us at Washington National Cathedral heard the news of this morning’s shootings at the Washington Navy Yard with a mixture of shock and sadness.
"We mourn for those who have died, and we continue to grieve the persistence of gun violence in our nation,” said Dean Hall.
“The Cathedral will hold the victims, first responders, and the Navy community in prayer, while also making the Cathedral’s space and its ministries available today to all who seek consolation and refuge from this loss.”
The noonday service of Holy Eucharist, as well as the Choral Evensong service at 5:30 pm today, are open to all. Cathedral clergy intend to offer special prayers for the victims and first responders in both services.