On the first day of winter and just hours before the longest night of the year, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in downtown Richmond held a service Wednesday to memorialize homeless people who have died this year.
It’s an annual service that the church has held for several years. The church’s rector said it recognizes “the dignity of every human being.”
“Every human being has dignity, and we have a responsibility to look out for one another,” said the Rev. Wallace Adams-Riley. “That’s especially true for those most vulnerable.”
Thirty people in the region who have dealt with homelessness and had passed away within the past year were recognized during the candlelight service held on National Homeless Persons’ Memorial Day, a day in which national organizations encourage communities to recognize people who have died homeless.
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