BBC: 11 MAY 2007
Updated: Friday, 11 May 2007, 06:29 GMT 07:29 UK
A prayer service will be held in Glasgow
for the safe return of Madeleine McCann, the child who was abducted
in the Algarve.
St Andrew's Roman Catholic Cathedral in
will open its doors on Friday evening to host the service.
Madeleine's father, Gerry, is from
and his colleagues in the medical profession organised the event.
Celtic and Aberdeen players will also
wear a yellow ribbon during Saturday's match at Celtic Park.
The clubs agreed to a request from Madeleine's aunt Phil McCann for
the ribbons to be worn.
Celtic club captain Neil Lennon will also make an appeal for
Madeleine's safe return to her family.
Celtic have requested police permission for fans to be allowed to
hold up Madeleine's picture in the stands.
The prayer vigil will be held at 1900 BST on Friday at the
cathedral, in Clyde Street.
Madeleine, from Rothley, Leicestershire, disappeared from her
family's holiday apartment in Praia da Luz a week ago.
Monsignor Christopher McElroy, the cathedral administrator, said:
"People of all faiths and none have watched with mounting anxiety as
the search for Madeleine continues.
"The prayer service we are organising will help people to overcome
that sense of helplessness which we all naturally experience.
"We will allow people the opportunity to reflect, to pray and to
keep alive their hope that Madeleine can be found alive and well.
"The service is open to people of all faiths. Whether they want to
come and simply sit quietly or light a candle, or join in the
prayers and hymns they will be very welcome."
Archbishop Mario Conti of
Glasgow, said: "Although I won't be able to
be present at the vigil in person, due to prior engagements, I will
be very much united with all who gather in prayer for Madeleine and
"My own prayers and those of countless others continue for the safe
return of the little girl and an end to this horrific ordeal for the
Villagers in Rothley held a silent vigil for the family on Tuesday.
Phil McCann said she was in regular contact with Madeleine's parents
She said they were "overwhelmed" by the reaction in Scotland to
their daughter's disappearance.