Church of Our Saviour

21 Marathon Street | Arlington, Massachusetts | 781-648-5962

Responding to the Boston Marathon Bombing

Dear Friends of Our Saviour,

Our hearts break for those who are wounded or grieving as a result of yesterday’s bombing at the Boston Marathon. And my heart breaks for all others, who were physically unharmed, but who have nevertheless been wounded spiritually and emotionally by yet another act of violence.

In the next few hours and days, there are a number of opportunities to join in prayer with neighboring churches:

St. James’s, Somerville: Today, Tuesday April 16, 5:30-7 p.m., ecumenical vigil for reflection & candle-lighting (Somerville extends free parking, 5-8 p.m.)
Christ Church, Waltham: Today, 7:30 p.m., a service of prayer
St. Peter’s, Cambridge: Today, 5:30-7 p.m.
St. James’s, Cambridge (Porter Square): Today, 6-7 p.m., an opportunity for community prayer
St. Paul’s, Bedford: Today, 5:30-8:30 p.m., ending with Compline
The Harvard Chaplains & Memorial Church: Today, 8 p.m. in Harvard Yard on the steps of the church, a candlelight vigil
Grace Church, 160 High St., Medford: Wednesday April 17, 6 p.m. ecumenical prayer service
All Saints, Belmont: Wednesday April 17, 7 p.m., Evening Prayer
Trinity Church, Copley Square: Friday April 19, details TBD
St. John’s, 74 Pleasant St., Arlington: Friday April 19, 7:30 p.m., Arlington’s interfaith prayer service

Church of Our Saviour: Sunday, April 21, there will be two opportunities to gather with fellow parishioners to pray and talk about our feelings and reactions.  Our deacon, the Rev. Sue Fisher Seeger, will faciliate both conversations.  One will be before church, from 9:15 a.m. to about 9:45 a.m. in the parish hall.  The other will be held in the sanctuary right after service.   Feel free to grieve and/or celebrate, remembering that the interconnection of the cross and resurrection joy is the great mystery of Easter.

A resource from the Harvard Gazette provides information on helping children cope with violence.

I pray that all of you and your loved ones are safe. Please let me know if there is anyone you know who needs our prayers or support. I am available for a visit or a call if you would find that helpful.

In Christ’s Peace,



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