• Last updated at 11.50 pm on Monday 22 December.

Bishop Gregor Duncan: ‘I saw with my own eyes the awful aftermath’

The Rt Revd Dr Gregor Duncan, Bishop of Glasgow and Galloway in the Scottish Episcopal Church, said: “The whole Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway offers our prayers for and condolences to all so suddenly and terribly caught up in this latest tragedy to befall the City of Glasgow.  We bless God for the response of our emergency services.  The disaster occurred very near our Diocesan Centre and I saw with my own eyes the awful aftermath.  I shall not forget what I saw.”

Kirk Moderator’s sadness

In response to the tragic events in Glasgow’s George Square, the Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, Rt Rev John Chalmers, said: “The news from the city centre of Glasgow just a few days before Christmas is simply devastating. For the second year in a row Glaswegians will have to dig deep into their reserves of compassion and sympathy as they support the families of those who have been killed and injured today

“I am sure that in these circumstances the churches and faith communities of Glasgow would do all that they could to bring support and comfort to those caught up in this tragedy and that all round Scotland and beyond; Glasgow would be remembered in the prayers of the people.”

Archbishop Tartaglia: ‘My heart breaks’

Archbishop Philip Tartaglia said: “I was shocked and horrified to hear the news of this incident. My heart breaks for all those who have been directly caught up in it as they go about their business just a few days before Christmas in the centre of Glasgow. The circumstances could hardly be more tragic. I would ask any person of faith to pray for those who have died and their relatives and those who have been injured.”

Salvation Army: incident ‘devastating’ for city

Major Russell Wyles, West Scotland Divisional Commander of the Salvation Army, said: “On behalf of The Salvation Army we offer our sincerest condolences to those who have been affected by this afternoon’s tragedy. Such an effect on individuals and our city is devastating at any time of year but in the days before Christmas the loss is magnified beyond imagination. Our thoughts and prayers are specifically with those who are injured and bereaved. Appreciation is expressed also for the emergency and rescue services for their selfless response.”

Prayer at a time of tragedy

The Provost of St Mary’s Episcopal Cathedral, Very Rev Kelvin Holdsworth, wrote on his blog:

The accident is just about a 100 yards away from the Diocesan Office, an area I know well. My thoughts and prayers are there and it is hard not to think that I’ll know someone who was in the square at the time it happened this afternoon.

Eternal God
at this time of bewildering tragedy in the city
help us to pray for those involved.
For those in hospital, for those who have died,
for those who rescue, for those who comfort,
for medical staff and for witnesses passing by,
for all who wonder why.

Free Church held prayer meeting

Glasgow City Free Church, St Vincent Street, responded immediately to the incident by holding a prayer meeting on the evening of the 22nd.

The minister, Rev Dr Colin Dow, urged the wider church to particularly pray for the families of people who have died.

Colin, who was out shopping with his family and was less than half-a-mile away at the time of the incident, told Christian Premier Radio: “It’s too raw to even think about it at the moment.

“When you think about things like this, you just have to think, why oh Lord? How long will these things happen? Last year we had the Clutha crash here in Glasgow and this year we’ve got this.

“And you want the Lord to bring peace to these people at Christmas because their families are going to be absolutely devastated.”