Friday, September 11, 2009

Churches Mark 9/11 Anniversary

Living Church-

Many Episcopal churches are observing the eighth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist strikes, and the most prominent church marking the day is the one closest to the horrors of the attacks on the World Trade Center's twin towers: St. Paul's Chapel.

The anniversary services began with a Labyrinth vigil from midnight to 6 a.m. at St. Paul's Chapel, located directly across the street from the World Trade Center site.

Other events at the chapel include a ringing of its Bell of Hope for five minutes, beginning at 8:45 a.m.; an ecumenical service and prayers for healing, beginning at 12:30 p.m.; and musical meditations beginning at 2 p.m.

At Trinity Wall Street, a votive Eucharist will begin at 12:05 p.m. That service will be available for live streaming and on demand, through the parish website and its podcast channel on iTunes.

Washington National Cathedral will observe the day with a Holy Eucharist at noon, including the ringing of the cathedral's bourdon bell. At 5:30 p.m., the choir of King's College, London, will lead a service of Evensong.

St. Andrew's Episcopal Church in Lambertville, N.J., will offer a service of comfort and hope at 3 p.m. Sunday. The Rev. Gail Burwa, chaplain to WTC Families for Proper Burial, will preach.

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