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I know that my Redeemer liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth; and though this body be destroyed, yet shall I see God; whom I shall see for myself and mine eyes shall behold, and not as a stranger. JOB 19
How many times have I spoken these words as I walked the main aisle of various churches at many different Burials of the blessed Dead. How many times have I watched that peace which passeth understanding rest upon a grieving family as this godly assuranceRead more
Trinity Church Wall Street, until recently tucked into the southeastern corner of lower Manhattan’s “frozen zone,” gathered Sunday November 4 for the first worship service inside its imposing Neo-Gothic building since the World Trade Center attacks.
There were echoes during the Parish Eucharist of some of Ground Zero’s ever-present symbols: smoke came in welcome puffs of incense, while water was used not to extinguish fires but to cover the foreheads of two crying babies in the RiteRead more
Anyone who has ever lived in New York "knows from pigeons" At. Paul's we serve food outside on the porch, and some people eat outside. One day, I arrived to find pigeons joining us for breakfast.
Their sudden presence made me aware of their previous absence. The cop I was eating with said that, yes, pigeons were returning to the area, that when “It” happened, they all left. His words, voice and hand motions evoked the horror of "It," a moment of destruction causing death andRead more
A number of times I have laid hands on someone [the Laying on of Hands for Healing and Anointing with Oil is a rite performed upon those "who are hurting in body mind or spirit and desire intercessory prayer" -- eds.] and prayed that they feel themselves held in the arms of God as a mother holds her baby, or that they know Jesus' healing presence as the people he actually touched did, and bless them in the name of the spirit of forgiveness, compassion, healing orRead more
An emotional funeral was held October 29 at St Dominic's Church in the town of Bahawalpur in Pakistan's Punjab province for the 15 members of the Church of Pakistan massacred inside the same church during a Sunday service.
Unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on the Protestant congregation just before 9 am local time on 28 October as participants were singing the closing hymn of the Sunday service at this Catholic church, used by the local Church of Pakistan congregation for itsRead more
It is another beautiful day. Any other year, we would be basking in these beautiful warm and sunny days. This year, we are grateful for each day that the rescue workers are not cold or wet.
People at the site talk about how Septmber 11th was an incredibly beautiful day, and it is not just idle talk about the weather. The sky was deep azure, there was a slight breeze, the air was cool and clean. The light on the water and the buildings was like artwork. TheRead more
Gospel reading: Luke 17: 11-19
Theologian Karl Barth encouraged people to have a copy of the daily newspaper at their side as they read their Bibles. I suspect he would be pleased that many of us are following his advice these days -- our Bibles, or our prayers in one hand, seeking strength and solace and struggling to comprehend how and why we are a nation at war, and in the other hand our remote controls switching from station to station as we watch the latest from ground zero,Read more
As I write, the weather is turning to fall here. At any other time, I would say this with delight, but it is cold at the site, and this means coughs and colds for the workers. We have had some rain, and will get more, which makes a difficult and dangerous job more so. And it is confounding that 12 or 24 hours of rain cannot cool the wreckage, that such intense, extensive heat could exist beneath the piles.
We have several cots available, but mostly theRead more
Established in part with money donated from Trinity Church and the Port Authority, which owns the World Trade Center, John Heuss House, at 42 Beaver Street in Lower Manhattan, provides medical, psychiatric, and social services support to clients who struggle with paranoia, alienation, anxiety, and fear. Yet on September 11, as the Trade Center towers fell, these same clients rose to meet the devastating challenge.
"We have a delicate population here," says Wendy Stoddard, director ofRead more
Two weeks after the attack on the World Trade Center and one week after the planned rebooting of his alternative worship services, the Rev. Lyndon Harris, pastor of St. Paul’s Chapel, charged with developing ministries there, found himself unable to seek out a new congregation – they’d been too busy finding him.
For suddenly and unexpectedly, following the September 11 disaster, as thousands of rescuers, recovery workers, volunteers, journalists, and local residents converged nearRead more