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On Easter Sunday, 2019, terrorists bombed several churches and hotels in Sri Lanka. Today, Father Ryan offered Mass for the victims of these attacks. We were joined by many members of the ecumenical and interfaith community, who came to join us in solidarity with the people of Sri Lanka.


Muslim and Buddhist leaders spread the light at the end of the liturgy.




Imam Jamal Rahman, a good friend of the Cathedral, brings the light to Father Ryan.


We are immensely grateful to our friends of many faiths who came to join us in prayer.


"For the healing of the nations, Lord, we pray with one accord..."




Following the service, we stood in silence in the courtyard while the funeral toll sounded from the Cathedral's bell tower.


The Muslim community brought a wonderful gift of flowers to share with their Christian neighbors.



We pray for the victims of the bombings in Sri Lanka
 
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you
and utter every kind of evil against you falsely because of me.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.
Thus they persecuted the prophets who were before you.
 
Matthew 5:11-12
 
 
O God,
in your silence every anguished cry is heard;
each person is created in your image,
all peoples are precious in your sight.
Receive into your peace the victims of persecution
and hear the lament of those who mourn their killing.
Keep their memory always before us
and rid every heart of violence and vengeance,
that hatred may be banished from the face of the earth
and the family of nations brought together in peace.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
 
ICEL, 1998





 

 

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