Russian submarine: the world prays

 As hope was fading last night for the rescue of the crew of the Russian submarine Kursk - people across Russia were praying for the sailors and their families. Mgr Tom Burns, Principal Roman Catholic Chaplain for the Royal Navy said: "In all the naval churches and chapels, we are praying for the rescue teams, those on the submarine and their families and loved ones." He said: "An accident like this brings home to us the dangers faced every day by navy crews and the anxieties faced by their families. Our thoughts and prayers are with them at this time." More than 23,000 people of all religions and none, from around the world sent prayers and messages to the Kursk Prayer Site, at Eternal father, strong to save Whose arm hath bound the restless wave Who biddest the mighty ocean deep It's own appointed time to keep Oh hear us when we cry to Thee For those in peril on the sea. Bless those who serve beneath the deep Thorugh lonely hour their vigil keep May peace their mission ever be Protect each one we ask of the Bless those at home who wait and pray For their return by night or day.

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