The vigil was organized by Members of the Haverhill Clergy Association. They represented various churches and faith groups in Haverhill and stood side by side on the concrete stage in the park.
In the vigil crowd was a youth group from St. James Church on Winter Street. Members of the group said they wanted to be part of a larger expression of their faith to remember those who died were injured in the bombings.
“I wanted to be here to pray for the families and for the children who were injured,” said 13-year-old Domenica Dillon of Amesbury, a member of the youth group.
Isabela Peixoto, 16, of Haverhill, also a member of the group, said it felt good to be with a larger crowd in remembering the victims of Monday’s bombings.
“We’re keeping them in our prayers,” Isabela said. “We pray that God may comfort those families.”
The Rev. Jane Bearden, pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church, said the vigil’s theme was, simply, “Peace.” The event was open to people of all faiths and religions.
The Rev. Frank Clarkson, pastor of the Universalist Unitarian Church in Monument Square, read an excerpt from a message from the Massachusetts Council of Churches.
“Our hearts are heavy in Massachusetts,” he read to the attentive crowd. “On a great day of civic pride and joy, our city, our nation was once again scarred by violence. Bodies that were made to run and cheer were wounded. Our eyes are burned with images of terror in the very streets where we walk.”
Rabbi Ira Korinow of Temple Emanu-El read the Bible’s Psalm 46, which he called a “Psalm of comfort.” It begins with “God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.”
Mayor James Fiorentini also addressed the crowd, saying that despite what happened in Boston, communities will continue to hold public events and marathons.