Christchurch Massacre Commemoration – March 15, 2020

Sunday, March 15th will be the first anniversary of the Christchurch massacre at two of its mosques of 51 people (47 males, 4 females). The perpetrator was an Australian. Religions for Peace Australia issues a Call to Prayer for Faith Communities of Australia to commemorate this event.

To the Australian community: the statement below and prayer has been sighted by the Islamic Council of Victoria and members of other Australian Islamic bodies and has been approved as appropriate for this commemoration. We therefore ask people of various faith/ world views to pray, meditate or reflect on this massacre according to your own tradition.

Sunday, March 15th will be the first anniversary of the Christchurch massacre at two of its mosques of 51 people (47 males, 4 females). The perpetrator was an Australian. Thus, the day will be an occasion for both sister nations of New Zealand and Australia to come together in grief to commemorate and remember this atrocity and to draw strength and generate togetherness. We ask religious communities in accordance with their own spiritual traditions to ask the divine for comfort, compassion and hope. The following prayer has been composed as one way of remembering this sad occasion:


O God of many names, O Lord of hope and resilience, Most merciful and compassionate God,

As we remember the one-year anniversary of the Christchurch massacre and the devastation brought upon our Muslim neighbours in New Zealand by an Australian perpetrator.

We grieve for the devastation and loss of the 51 victims and we weep with your people, hearing the cries of orphaned children and the laments of bereaved partners, overwhelmed by the enormity of what happened in Christchurch.

In recognizing the many needs of peoples across the world, as people of faith, we ask for the help, compassion and comfort that only the divine can bring in times of crisis and deep sorrow.

As people of faith, we pray for the hope that can lead us onward in opening up through this tragedy pathways to partnerships and peace in our nations and across the world.

As people of faith, in Your name of mercy and healing and compassion, we pray.

Other Commemorative Events

Victoria: The Islamic Community of Victoria has announced Open Mosque Day 2020 – that many mosques will be open on the 15th. Prayers will be held at 1pm for the victims and families who lost loved ones in the tragedy.

Tasmania: Religions for Peace Tasmania will join with the Tasmanian Muslim Association and the Hobart Muslim for a commemoration of the Christchurch massacre. This will be held on Sunday 15th March 2020 from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Hobart Mosque, 166 Warwick Street, West Hobart – For more information see

South Australia: The Multifaith Assoc. of SA, Religions for Peace will support the Memorial Session for the Victims of the Christchurch Mosque Massacre being held at the Al Salam Community Centre 658 Marion Rd, Park Holme SA 2.30 pm Sunday the 15th of March 2020. Facebook link

Religions for PeaceReligions for Peace Australia is a global, community-based organisation working for global peace across the world and for social cohesion in Australia in other countries, and for peace and co-operation between the religions of the world. It works for an understanding of the benefits that religion and religious moderation brings to society, and works against religiously based extremism that is violent. Religions for Peace Australia has affiliates and branches in all states of Australia.