September 11, 2011, St Joseph Cathedral, Hartford, CT - At 7:00 PM on the 10th Anniversay of 9/11, an interfaith memorial service was held at St Joseph Cathedral in Hartford, CT. The program titled “United in Peace, Healing with Hope” was sponsored by an alliance of more than 35 interfaith communities, and organized by the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut. Roughly 700 people were in attendance for the 90 minute service to commemorate those lost on 9/11, and continue to point a hopeful way forward in a long healing process. After the entry processional, Archbishop Henry Mansell of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hartford welcomed all the honored participants and those in attendance. Carol Jacques, who lost her brother on September 11th, lit a vigil candle to begin the evening. Reflective prayers, songs, poems, chants, and talks on unity, peace, healing and hope followed. Roman Catholic, Muslim, United Church of Christ, Jew, Hindu, Jain, American Indian, Buddhist, Unitarian Universalist, Sikh, elected officials, Congregational, and Episcopalian representatives each brought their unique, but shared, desire for unity and healing. Senator Richard Blumenthal and Lieutenant Governor Nancy Wyman both spoke during the program. Congressman John Larson was also in attendance. The highlight of the evening was the lamenting orchestra piece, Barber’s Adagio for Strings. Performed by the Hartt School of Music Orchestra under the direction of Edward Cummings, the haunting work brought a collective silence to the Cathedral that held past the last note played. The evening closed with the sharing of a hopeful flicker of light and, in a sign of peaceful unity, the participants and attendants processed by candlelight out of the Cathedral into the evening air. Many stayed to linger and talk with old friends and new acquaintances. Beautiful.
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