|Icon of the Crucifixion of the Lord. Joan Brand-Landkamer, Cathedral Iconographer|
Ten years ago today, a thousand people spontaneously gathered in St. James Cathedral to share their shock and grief at the day’s terrible events, and to seek comfort in the communal outpouring of prayer. Today we gathered again to remember that day. The shock was lessened, but the grief was still raw and intense. In the opening hymn, we asked “That, redeemed from war and hatred, all may come and go in peace.” However, running though the scriptural readings and Father Ryan’s homily were reminders of the need for, and prayers for, forgiveness. In the Gospel, Jesus tells Peter that he must not forgive only seven times, but seventy times seven times. I am thinking that this goes for us too, and not just Peter.
The music, The St James Mass for Peace, was even more perfect than I could have imagined – from the still small whisper to the clanging thunder of our voices raised in prayers. But most moving of all, was the silence – the silence as the Mass ended and faithful exited the Cathedral, each holding a lighted candle, and uttering not a word.
|Thanks to Maria Laughlin for photos|