Prayers were said at churches across Liverpool today in memory of murdered hostage Ken Bigley.
Hundreds of people gathered in the Metropolitan Cathedral to pray for the family of Mr Bigley who was decapitated by terrorists in Iraq after three weeks in captivity.
Floral tributes were left outside his mother’s home on Bedford Road, Walton, and at St Mary’s church only yards away.
At the cathedral, the Right Rev Jonathan Jones led a congregation of more than 200 people in offering sympathies to the family.
He spoke of the difficulty felt by many in overcoming the grief of these “dark days” but added people must “rise above the violent and barbaric killing of Ken Bigley”.
Church assistant Anthea Jarvis led prayers for Mr Bigley asking he should “enjoy peace and rise again after his long ordeal”.
She added the congregation should pray for courage for his family and the families of the innocent victims of violence.
Prayers were also offered for an end to terrorism and the grievances that fuel it.
At St Mary’s Church flags flew at half-mast and flowers were placed outside bearing messages of support. One read simply: “RIP Ken. Thinking of you. WHY.”
Some people lit candles to remember lost loved ones while others knelt in silent prayer.
The service was led by the Rector of St Mary’s, Trevor Latham, who prayed for the family of Mr Bigley and that “his soul be welcomed into Heaven”.