On Thursday, November 1st, The Feast of All the Saints, St. Christopher’s opened its doors for Evening Prayer at 5:30. That’s not unusual since we have Evening Prayer every Thursday at 5:30. But this time there were more candles and more concerns.
In the wake of 72 hours of violence the preceding week, children and adults gathered around the Christ Candle and the Baptismal waters to light our own candles and pray. It was simple. It was profound. It was healing.
But this wasn’t just about us. It was also about our nation and our society. We prayed for us all. We prayed that we would be brave and courageous in the face of hate – that we would be outraged yet loving, angered but centered in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.
“We don’t want to just react. We want to act as Jesus calls us to act – with love and with strength,” said one participant.