Catholic Transcript Magazine of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford Connecticut

Saturday, February 17, 2018

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HARTFORD – People of many faiths gathered on Sept. 11 at the Cathedral of St. Joseph to remember the lives lost on the same date 10 years ago.

The interreligious prayer service was titled "United in Peace, Healing with Hope." It drew more than 700 people.

Archbishop Henry J. Mansell of Hartford welcomed the honored guests, participants and the congregation.

Carol Jacques, who lost her brother on 9/11, lit a vigil candle to begin the evening. Reflective prayers, songs, poems, chants and talks about unity, peace, healing and hope followed.

Roman Catholic, Muslim, United Church of Christ, Jewish, Hindu, Jain, American Indian, Buddhist, Unitarian Universalist, Sikh, Congregational, and Episcopalian representatives each brought forward their desires for healing and unity.

Senator Richard Blumenthal and Lt. Gov. Nancy Wyman spoke during the program. Congressman John Larson was also in attendance.

The Hartt School of Music Orchestra, under the direction of Edward Cummings, played the lamenting orchestra piece "Barber’s Adagio for Strings."

The evening closed with the sharing of a hopeful flicker of light and, as a sign of peaceful unity, the participants and attendants walked in procession by candlelight out of the cathedral. Many stayed to linger and talk with old friends and new acquaintances.

The 90-minute long prayer service was sponsored by an alliance of more than 35 interfaith communities, and organized by the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut.