Bahai News - Nationwide day of prayer to honour American dead
Nationwide day of prayer to honour American dead
THE COUNTRY will unite in prayer today at a series of services during the
national day of mourning to honour the victims of America's terrorist
The President and the Taoiseach are due to attend a morning ecumenical
service of remembrance in Dublin's Pro-Cathedral, during which a
three-minute silence will be observed.
And the bells of Christ Church Cathedral in Dublin will be rung muffled
from 6.30pm until 8pm, a ceremony reserved for times of grieving. For close
on 1,000 years, Christ Church bells have marked momentous events in Ireland.
Cardinal Desmond Connell asked for masses or prayer services to be held
in each of the Archdiocese of Dublin's 200 parishes to coincide with the
Pro-Cathedral event. A book of condolences has also been opened at the
Other services today include a 5.30pm commemoration in the National
Cathedral of Saint Patrick, attended by representatives of the Government
and Diplomatic Corps.
Defence Forces chief of staff Lt Gen Colm Mangan announced a series of
memorial services throughout military installations "to show solidarity with
the American nation". Personnel were encouraged to bring their families to
The Irish Baha'i community will hold a prayer meeting at its Dublin centre
Primate of All Ireland, Archbishop Sean Brady, will celebrate a special
mass at St Malachy's Church, Armagh, at 7.30pm. An ecumenical service will
be held in St Fin Barre's Cathedral in Cork at 10.30am attended by two
In Galway a noon civic mass is scheduled for the Cathedral of Our Lady
Assumed Into Heaven and St Nicholas, attended by the mayor and the borough
In Limerick a noon mass will be celebrated by Bishop Donal Murray, while
Bishop of Clogher Joseph Duffy will celebrate mass in St Macartan's Cathedral
in Monaghan at noon "to remember those who lost their lives and to pray for
those injured and bereaved."
Cardinal Connell will celebrate mass at 12.30am on Sunday in Dublin's
Pro-Cathedral to honour the victims, and Mary McAleese and Bertie Ahern will
attend this event.
A special mass will also be held in St Peter's Cathedral, Belfast, at
11.30am on Sunday, celebrated by the Bishop of Down and Connor, Dr Patrick
People have been urged to pray for the victims of the American attacks and
their families and for the people of the United States during the day of
mournin by the four Catholic archbishops.
The principals of all schools in the archdiocese of Dublin have been
invited to open books of condolences. These books will be brought to the
altar at offertory processions on Monday.
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