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Commemorative events across the country will remember 9/11

9/8/2006

St. Paul's Chapel in New York City memorial service on the day of the third anniversary of 9/11.  

 
[Episcopal News Service]  As the fifth anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks on New York City, Washington, D.C., and Pennsylvania approaches, many Episcopal parishes have planned commemorative events to remember the lives tragically lost and the healing that continues.

Following is a brief list of events taking place throughout the Episcopal Church. Please check with your local parish or diocese for events taking place in your area.

A complete list of Episcopal Cathedrals is available online at: http://www.episcopalchurch.org/3577_51512_ENG_HTM.htm

BOSTON, Massachusetts: A Day of Hope and Consolation
CHICAGO, Illinois: Interfaith Service for fifth Anniversary of 9/11
DENVER, Colorado: Liturgical chants in memory of victims of war and terror
NEW YORK CITY: Peaceful tomorrow's international conference
NEW YORK CITY: Trinity Wall Street and St. Paul's Chapel proclaim one world, one Hope
NEW YORK CITY: Prayers at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine
PHOENIX, Arizona: Songs of Remembrance, a Commemorative Concert
SEATTLE, Washington: An Interfaith Service of Prayer and Hope
SPOKANE, Washington: Dan Matthews reflects on 9/11
WASHINGTON, D.C.: Prayer Vigil for Peace


BOSTON, Massachusetts: A Day of Hope and Consolation

Trinity Church, Boston, will be open for prayer all day long. Every hour, on the hour, from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., there will be performances and a short musical offering for twenty minutes. Visitors are invited to stop in to listen, pray, and reflect.

For more information and a full listing of performances, visit http://www.trinitychurchboston.org/ or contact Tom Jansen at 617-536-0944 x212.


CHICAGO, Illinois: Interfaith Service for fifth Anniversary of 9/11

St. James Episcopal Cathedral, Chicago, invites all people to an Interfaith Service in Commemoration of the Fifth Anniversary of 9/11.

This interfaith service of prayer, light, sacred word and music will feature the premiere of composer Paul Thompson's cantata, "Lamentation." Bishop William D. Persell of Chicago will be joined by representatives of many faith traditions in leading this service.

If you would like further information, please contact Vicar Peter Siwek at 312-751-6727 or psiwek@saintjamescathedral.org.


DENVER, Colorado: Liturgical chants in memory of victims of war and terror

On Sunday, September 10, the Abrahamic Initiative will present "The Chanting of Scripture and Liturgical Texts in the Three Traditions" at St. John's Episcopal Cathedral in Denver. This musical offering by trained vocalists representing the Jewish, Christian and Muslim traditions, with commentary arranged by Dr. Gregory Robbins, the program organizer, will be offered in the Cathedral from 5 - 6:30 p.m.

Given the loss of life that continues to take place in the Middle East in Iraq, Israel, Lebanon and Palestine, and the anniversary of 9/11, this program will include chants for the dead from the three traditions in solemn remembrance of all victims of war and terror.

The program is free and open to all and there is no need to make reservations.

For more information visit: http://www.sjcathedral.org/


NEW YORK CITY: Peaceful tomorrow's international conference

To commemorate the fifth anniversary of 9/11, September 11th Families for Peaceful Tomorrows is holding a significant educational organizing event to establish a cooperative global network for peace.

The network consists of people whose response to the loss of their loved ones in political conflicts has been to advocate for international policies and citizen action that will create a more secure world. This historic event will bring together people from around the globe who have been personally affected by political violence and have chosen to educate their own societies about justice, peace, and reconciliation.

Peaceful Tomorrows will bring together at least 30 members of organizations comprised of those who have lost family members in armed conflicts from at least 20 countries. The event would build upon initial planning carried out with 18 international advisors who met in Bologna, Italy, in September 2005. The event began on September 5, 2006 with a three-day private gathering at the Garrison Institute, north of New York City. It will continue with public sessions in New York City September 8-11, including a celebratory event at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine's Synod House, and panels at other locations around the city.

"Sudan to Chile: Women Waging Peace" will be moderated by Phoebe Griswold and feature women from around the world dedicated to peace-making. It will be held from 5:30-6:45 p.m. on Sept. 11 at Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th between 1st and 2nd Ave., in Manhattan.

For more information, visit http://www.peacefultomorrows.org/article.php?id=693 or call 212-598-0970.


NEW YORK CITY: Trinity Wall Street and St. Paul's Chapel proclaim one world, one Hope

On the fifth anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks, Trinity Church and St. Paul's Chapel will offer prayers, reflections, music and more. Many of the services and events will be webcast on http://www.trinitywallstreet.org/.

St. Paul's Chapel will hold an interfaith service and a ringing of the bell of hope at 8:35 a.m. in St. Paul's Churchyard. At 1:30 p.m., there will be a civic service of remembrance and anointing with oil.

Visitors are also encouraged to visit the exhibit "The Threads Project -- One World, One Cloth" open until November 30. This exhibit showcases weavers from around the world who joined together to communally weave a world cloth using individual threads collected from tens of thousands of people from more than seventy countries. "One Thread, One Cloth" materializes the vision that people of the world can live in compassionate community with one another.

At Trinity Church, there will be services throughout the day (Morning Prayer at 8:15 a.m., Holy Eucharist at 12:05 p.m., Choral Evensong with The Trinity Choir at 5:15 p.m.)

The sanctuary will be a filled with music throughout the afternoon: 1 p.m. Charlie Albright, Piano; 2 p.m. Louis Reed III, Trumpet; Michael Fennelly, Piano; 3 p.m. Diane Fox, Mezzo Soprano; 4 p.m. Damocles Tri Adam Kent, Piano; Airi Yoshioka, Violin; Sibylle Johner, Cello

Trinity Church will also house an exhibit until January 4, titled "Reimagining Sacred Sound: 9/11 and the Trinity Church Organ." Although the ashes of September 11, 2001 brought the sound of the Trinity Church pipe organ to a sudden stop, Trinity soon began writing a new chapter in the history of church organs. Today, lovers of sacred music flock to hear Trinity's state-of-the-art virtual pipe organ. This exhibit enables you to hear organ music of the computer age while immersing yourself in the sometimes tumultuous, always fascinating history of organs at Trinity Church.


NEW YORK CITY: Prayers at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine

At the Cathedral of St. John The Divine, Prayers for the City, the annual observance of the 9/11 attack, will be held at Evensong on Sunday, September 10, at 6 p.m. Further information: http://www.stjohndivine.org/


PHOENIX, Arizona: Songs of Remembrance, a Commemorative Concert

The devastation of September 11, 2001 inspired musical reactions from composers and poets around the country. On this fifth anniversary, Charles Bruffy and the Phoenix Bach Choir will perform Samuel Barber's "Agnus Dei," Randall Thompson's "Alleluia," Arizona premiere of David Conte's "September Sun" for choir and strings, and "Spires" by the Valley's own Kenneth LaFave with text by local poet, Robert Kastenbaum for choir and piano. The choir will also perform the World Premiere of "Voices from the Aftermath: A New York Requiem" by Christopher Scinto, son of a NYPD officer, with poetry by local poet Lois Roma-Deeley for choir, strings, boy soprano, and soloists. Special Guests: The Phoenix Police Honors Chorus.

The September 11 performance will take place at 7:30 p.m., at Paradise Valley Community College: 18401 N. 32nd Street, Phoenix; and a September 15 performance at 7:30 p.m., at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral: 100 West Roosevelt Street, Phoenix.

Tickets are $25, $20, $15. Email office@bachchoir.org for ticket information.


SEATTLE, Washington: An Interfaith Service of Prayer and Hope

"Moving Forward Together: An Interfaith Service of Prayer and Hope on the fifth anniversary of 9/11" will be held at 7 p.m. at St. Mark's Cathedral in Seattle. http://www.saintmarks.org/.

The service will feature readings, prayers, chant and music provided by the interfaith community
of Seattle, including NICO (the Northwest Interfaith Community Outreach), the Church Council of Greater Seattle, Idriss Mosque, Temple de Hirsch Sinai, Al Islam Mosque, Kol HaNeshamah, and St. Mark's Cathedral.

Following the service, opportunities to connect and reflect will include a Conversation Café facilitated by NICO, an outdoor labyrinth walk, and spaces in the Cathedral for group or individual prayer and meditation.


SPOKANE, Washington: Dan Matthews reflects on 9/11

The Rev. Dan Matthews, retired, was rector of Trinity Church, Wall Street, during September 11, 2001. For eight months Trinity's St. Paul's Chapel, across the street from the World Trade Center, provided 24-hour refuge and relief for rescue workers. On September 10, at 9 a.m., at St. John the Evangelist, Matthews will reflect on how this experience has changed his life and how we can direct adversity in a positive direction in our own lives. He will also preach at the 8 and 10 a.m. Eucharists.


WASHINGTON, D.C.: Prayer Vigil for Peace

Washington National Cathedral welcomes you to join them September 10 and 11 for a prayer for peace -- in ourselves, our communities and our world. There will be special opportunities to engage in worship, prayer and guided meditation sessions. Activities begin at 3 p.m., with a labyrinth walk in the nave of the Cathedral. Music, worship, prayers for healing and guided meditation sessions occur throughout the evening and following day.

For more information contact tsimpson@cathedral.org or visit: http://www.nationalcathedral.org.