EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

April 17, 2013

Local vigil, prayer services planned

By Yadira Betances
ybetances@eagletribune.com

---- — Members of the Haverhill Clergy Association are hosting a prayer vigil today at 5:30 p.m. at GAR Park across from Haverhill Public Library to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.

”It’s important to pray not just as Christians, but as people of faith,” said the Rev. Jane Bearden, who was a chaplain at Ground Zero in New York and during Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans.

“When disaster strikes, especially an attack, we tend to lose trust in other human beings,” said Bearden, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church. “When we come together as people of faith, we witness to hope, we witness to being another way.”

The vigil’s theme is ‘Peace’ with the reading of psalms and the poem, “In the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings,” by the Rev. Susan L. Gleason, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church in Haverhill.

The poem reads in part, “They were running toward a finish line, a dream’s fulfillment, valiantly pursued; they ran with joy and with determination, anticipating high-fives and well-earned congratulations. And then, they were running from a crime scene, a nightmare realized, an evil achieved; help us to seek not vengence, Lord, but justice; to dry another tear, to hold a hand; to say that love’s the only answer ever, to recognize through doubt, higher command.’”

Also, masses and prayer services will be held across the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. For up to date postings, log on to: http://www.thegoodcatholiclife.com/prayforboston.

“We stand in solidarity with our ecumenical and interfaith colleagues in the commitment to witness the greater power of good in our society and to work together for healing,” Boston Cardinal Sean O’Malley said in a statement.

Through O’Malley, Pope Francis also sent a message of condolence to Massachusetts residents.

“At this time of mourning the Holy Father prays that all Bostonians will be united in a resolve not to be overcome by evil, but to combat evil with good, working together to build an ever more just, free and secure society for generations yet to come.”

Joe D’Amore of the Groveland Renaissance Council is hosting a candlelight vigil for the three victims of the bombing. It will be held Saturday at 7:15 p.m. at Shanahan Field on Main Street, Groveland.

Terri Kelley, artistic and managing director of a classical music series at Lawrence Public Library had planned a concert featuring Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem in D Minus” a Roman Catholic Mass for the dead May 5 at 4 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex St., Lawrence.

”We want to dedicate the concert to the victims of the marathon bombings,” Kelley said. “Requiem means ‘to rest in peace’ and the concert is for the victims to rest in peace and is about peace for those living.”

Members of the Lawrence High School Girls Ensemble, renowned soloists, a full orchestra, an organ soloist will perform.

”Music begins where words end. It has a wisdom that affects us because it reaches our soul; it’s almost medicine for the soul,” Kelley said.