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Remembering September 11, 2001

Trinity Wall Street will observe the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks with a number of services and special events.

At 8:46am, Friday, September 11, the Rev. Dr. William Lupfer, Rector, will ring the Bell of Hope outside St. Paul’s Chapel. The bell, given to the people of New York in 2002 by the City of London, is rung every September 11 and after other terrorist attacks as a symbol of solidarity.  Dr. Lupfer will ring the bell in a series of ‘four-fives’, or four sets of five strikes, the traditional firefighters’ salute to the fallen.

At 10am, the Rev. David W. Peters of Austin, Texas, will preach the sermon at a Mass for Peace and Reconciliation in St. Paul’s Chapel. Peters, an Army chaplain and former Marine, won the inaugural Reconciliation Preaching Prize for his sermon, “Learning War and Reconciliation.” The contest was open to anyone of any faith in the United States and required contestants to address Isaiah 2:1-4 and Matthew 18:21-35 in their own contexts. The service will be webcast live and available later on demand.

At 1pm, the West Point Band and West Point Glee Club will participate in Trinity’s Concerts at One Series, performing “A Celebration of the City.”

As most days, St. Paul’s Chapel will be open to passersby—whether local workers, tourists, parishioners, neighbors, or visitors—who would like to stop in for reflection or prayer. All are invited to participate in our daily 12:05pm Eucharist in Trinity Church and in Prayers for Peace in St. Paul's Chapel at 12:30pm, a short prayer service offered every day of the year focused on peace and reconciliation.

On Saturday, September 12, Trinity’s Movement Choir will present “Reconciliation” at St. Paul’s Chapel. “Reconciliation” is an interactive dance piece first performed by the Movement Choir in 2011 for the tenth anniversary observance. The piece evokes the stages of shock and pain, progressing to a renewed connection with life and love.

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