This Wednesday we will mark the eighteenth anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. We as a nation recall the tragic deaths and injuries that occurred at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and on the fields of Somerset, Pennsylvania. It is a date that many of us will never forget.
As reported in the publication the “National Catholic Register”, Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York, commenting on these attacks stated, “We reverently recall those who were most directly affected by this tragedy – those who died, were injured or lost loved ones. In a special way, we recall the selfless first responders – firefighters, police, chaplains, emergency workers and other brave persons – who risked, and many times lost, their lives in their courageous efforts to save others. In remembering the fateful events of September 11, 2001, may we resolve to put aside our differences and join together in the task of renewing our nation and world.”
As we reflect on these comments, we are encouraged on Wednesday to participate in the World Day of Prayer for Peace sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. As a faith community, we will celebrate a special Mass for Peace at 7:00 PM. This Day of Prayer helps us to remember not only the events of that fateful day, but also reminds us of the dangers that continue to confront us. We are invited to pray for peace among nations.
We are also invited to ask for the special intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Queen of Peace, as we pray for peace in our world, peace in our homes, and peace in our hearts.
The following “9/11 Prayer for Peace” provided by the Missionary Society of St. Columban reflects the need for the presence of God in a violent world:
God of peace, bring your peace to our violent world: peace in the hearts of all men and women and peace among nations of the Earth. Turn to your way of love those whose hearts and minds are consumed with hatred.
God of understanding, overwhelmed by the magnitude of this tragedy, we seek your light and guidance as we confront such terrible events.
Comfort and console us, strengthen us in hope, and give us wisdom and courage to work tirelessly for a world where true peace and love reign among nations and in the hearts of all. Amen.
As we reflect on this prayer, I invite you to join many of your fellow parishioners and friends at our special Mass for Peace.
Patriots Day Mass – Wednesday, September 11, 2019, 7:00 PM, Sanctuary
Join us with the Johns Creek Police and Fire Departments …. In honor of our heroes in uniform and to remember those who lost their lives in the terrorist attacks of 9/11/2001. (No Confessions or Evening prayer will be held this evening)