BOSTON — As local police report at least two people dead and dozens injured following a pair of explosions at the finish line of the Boston Marathon, the archdiocese has asked for prayers for the victims.
“As reports of death and injuries are reported, we ask you to please turn to the Lord each time to pray for them and for those who love them, that they would receive the consolation of the Holy Spirit, the mercy of God and the loving maternal embrace of our Blessed Mother,” the archdiocese asked via Facebook and Twitter April 15.
Just after reports confirmed two deaths in the explosion on Monday, the archdiocese asked for eternal rest for those killed.
“Please join us in prayer for all those injured at the Boston Marathon today and for the emergency workers who protect and care for us all,” the archdiocese requested.
“May the risen Lord have mercy on us today.”
Before 3pm Boston time, the back-to-back explosions went off at the finish line of the nation’s oldest marathon, which takes place each year during the city's Patriot Day. Officials have reported more than 100 people injured.
“May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace,” the archdiocese said via Twitter.
Two more explosive devices have been found and are being dismantled, a senior U.S. intelligence official told The Associated Press. According to Fox News, a person of interest is currently in custody.
Officials detonated a third device shortly after the first two explosions. Another blast has been reported at the John F. Kennedy Library.
Ed Davis, the Boston Police commissioner, told the press, “You can reach your own conclusions,” when asked if the explosions were a terrorist attack.