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April 18, 2013

Heartbreak hits home

Personal pain marks vigil remembering marathon victims


“The minute we stop, the minute we lock ourselves into our buildings and into our houses, we have lost and they have won,” he said of those who bring terror into communities.

Prayers and songs filled GAR Park as the crowd sang a song of peace, then in unison read aloud a “Litany of Healing.”

The Rev. Susan Gleason, pastor of the First Presbyterian Church, read a prayer of remembering which she wrote and titled “In the Wake of the Boston Marathon Bombings.” Her poem concluded with, “As night falls upon this day of infamy, and we are focused on the dark unknown of how and why these seeds of hate were sown, help us to know that though the race today is hard, we do not run a single step alone.”

The vigil ended with the crowd singing the song “Let there be peace on earth.’’

“It was wonderful ceremony,” Cheryl Lupi said. “The least we can do is to get together as a community and pray for these victims. I’m lucky to have had a chance to attend this vigil.”

Masses and prayer services will be held across the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston. For up to date postings, visit online at www.thegoodcatholiclife.com/prayforboston.

Joe D’Amore of the Groveland Renaissance Council is hosting a candlelight vigil for the victims of the bombing. It will be 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, plans a concert featuring Gabriel Faure’s “Requiem in D Minus” a Roman Catholic Mass for the dead, on May 5 at 4 p.m. at Corpus Christi Parish at Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex St., Lawrence.

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