By The New Paper, 25 April 2019 at 06:00 am
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More than 500 people turned up yesterday for a memorial service at the Sri Lankaramaya Buddhist Temple in St Michael's Road for victims of the recent Sri Lanka bombings. The one-hour service was organised by the Inter-Religious Organisation, Singapore.
Sri Lanka bombings: funerals and burials begin
Sri Lanka held a day of national mourning on Tuesday with three minutes of silence for the more than 320 people killed.
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The day after devastating, coordinated attacks claimed over 300 lives in Sri Lanka, a group of interfaith worshippers gathered to offer prayers for the victims and their families. Muslims, Christians, Jews, Sikh and Hindu faiths, and members of other faiths gathered Monday evening for a sunset memorial service to remember the victims and survivors of the Easter Sunday terrorist attack in Sri Lanka.
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The victims' nationalities
India: 10 Indians have been confirmed to have died in the attacks.
UK: Sri Lanka's top diplomat in Britain says authorities know of eight British nationals killed in the bombings.
USA: The State Department says at least four Americans were killed and several others seriously injured.
Denmark: The Bestseller clothing chain confirmed Danish media reports that three of the children of its owner, business tycoon Anders Holch Povlsen, were killed in the attacks.
Switzerland: The foreign ministry says a Swiss national, a Swiss dual national and a non-Swiss member of the same family were killed.
Spain: Spain's foreign ministry says a Spanish man and woman were killed.
Australia: Prime minister Scott Morrison says a mother and daughter from that country were killed. Manik Suriaaratchi and her 10-year-old daughter Alexendria were attending a church service in Negombo when they died.
China: State media say two Chinese died in the blasts.
Others: The Netherlands, Japan and Portugal have confirmed their nationals were among the dead.
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SINGAPORE - Eleven leaders and representatives of different religions from the Inter-Religious Organisation (IRO) gathered on Thursday (April 25) to pay their respects to the victims of the Sri Lankan bomb attacks on Easter Sunday, which have claimed at least 359 lives.
The IRO visited the Sri Lanka High Commission in Singapore, where the 11 leaders, representing nine different religions, took turns to write messages of condolences in a book.
Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka, Mr O.L. Ameer Ajwad, said: "Terrorism has no religion, has no place here, and has no heart.
"I am grateful to the members of the IRO who are here today to show solidarity with Sri Lanka. We will all pray for a better Sri Lanka, and a peaceful Sri Lanka."
President of the IRO, Mr Ben J. Benjamin, also offered some words of prayer at the visit.
"We pray for long and everlasting peace for those who have been prematurely taken away from us."
The inter-faith visit served to "show the powerful face of solidarity in moments where terrorists try to rip us apart", added Mr Benjamin.
The IRO has also strongly condemned the attacks, calling them "a cruel act against innocent people".
"These acts of violence are particularly aimed to cause fear and sow the seeds of discord among people of different faiths. It is precisely in these trying moments where we must come together as one to uphold the principles of humanity," it said in a statement.
"The IRO prays for peace and solidarity to prevail in Sri Lanka and around the world in these difficult times."
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Picture posted by Euodia Chi, The Straits Times on 25 April 2019 at 8:23 pm SGT - Imam Habib Hassan Al-Attas (L) shaking hands with Acting High Commissioner of Sri Lanka O.L. Ameer Ajwad after the end of the brief silent prayer session for the victims of the Sri Lankan attacks.
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The Gomez family gathered Tuesday to say a final farewell to five loved ones — a son, a daughter-in-law and three young grandsons — brutally killed as they attended Easter Sunday Mass at Colombo's St. Joseph's Shrine.
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Picture posted by Associated Press on 23 April 2019 at 1:51 PM ET - Wasanthi, a member of Berlington family weeps over the grave of Bevon, who was killed in the Easter Sunday bombing in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. The six near-simultaneous attacks on three churches and three luxury hotels and three related blasts later Sunday were the South Asian island nation's deadliest violence in a decade while Sri Lanka police arrested 40 suspects in the wake of a state of emergency that took effect on Tuesday, giving the military war-time powers
"The initial investigation has revealed that this was in retaliation for the New Zealand mosque attack," junior minister for defence Ruwan Wijewardene told parliament on Tuesday night (NZ time).
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"You know how I am scorned, disgraced and shamed; all my enemies are before you.
Scorn has broken my heart and has left me helpless;
I looked for sympathy, but there was none, for comforters, but I found none.
They put gall in my food and gave me vinegar for my thirst." (Psalm 69:19-21)
God doesn’t want this for us. He longs to give us peace, rest, and repose, so He takes us to where the water is pure, clear, and almost motionless so we can refresh ourselves in Him. It’s a place where we can slow down, be quiet and still with Him, and experience His deep, pure love intimately.
We need Psalm 23:2, "He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters,".
Romans 12:19: “Do not take revenge, my dear friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ says the Lord.”
John 16:33: “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Psalm 34:18: “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.”
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