- The Washington Times - Saturday, September 15, 2001

At noon yesterday and throughout the day, Americans bowed their heads, seeking divine guidance for their grief and outrage stemming from Tuesday's attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon.
"Those of us who are gathered here — Muslim, Jew, Christian, Sikh, Buddhist, Hindu — all people of faith want to say to this nation and to the world that love is stronger than hate," Episcopal Bishop Jane Holmes Dixon said at the National Cathedral, where the nation's leaders gathered for a national day of prayer and remembrance for the victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.
On Thursday, President Bush officially asked all Americans to mark yesterday with "noontime memorial services, the ringing of bells at that hour and evening candlelight remembrance vigils."
Mr. Bush attended the Washington service with first lady Laura Bush, along with four former presidents, Cabinet officials, members of Congress, the Rev. Billy Graham and hundreds of mourners.
"On this National Day of Prayer and Remembrance, we ask Almighty God to watch over our nation and grant us patience and resolve in all that is to come," the president said.
Similar messages were sounded throughout the day in government offices, churches, mosques, temples and businesses.
At the morning Cabinet meeting in the White House, Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld opened the meeting by praying for patience, resolve, wisdom and strength, as well as "a special blessing today for those who stand as sword and shield, protecting the many from the tyranny of the few."
"We will pray for our city, we will pray for our nation and we will pray for all the people whose lives have been lost," said the Rev. Peter James Flamming, whose First Baptist Church in Richmond was one of many with open doors.
At Trinity Assembly of God in Lanham, people were handed pictures of dozens of the bombing victims. "These precious individuals are a tiny sampling of lives lost on Tuesday pray for the many sorrowing families of the victims," church leaders asked the members of their congregation.
In Arlington, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church held a noon service. The church, which holds 700 and serves many military families, "was full," a spokeswoman said.
In New York, members of the Buddhist Church on Manhattan's West Side met for "quiet meditation and ringing of the gong," said the Rev. Kenjitsu Nakagaki. Elsewhere in Manhattan, hundreds of students came to the Columbia University chapel for an interfaith service.
In Boston last night, hundreds gathered for a candlelight vigil.
Many people said their congregations have been praying nonstop since Tuesday.
"In our temple, since the beginning of the tragedy, we have been doing some special prayers," said Uma Mysorekar, president of the Hindu Temple Society of North America in Flushing, N.Y. Hindus have been urged to volunteer and donate blood, she added.
The Islamic Center of America in Detroit held a regular sabbath service and an interfaith prayer vigil yesterday, said Ron Amen, a trustee for the center. In the regular service, he said, the Muslim imam said that "the perpetrators, whoever they may be, if it turns out they are so-called Muslims, they have nothing to do with Islam. What they have done is absolutely against the tenets of Islam. We have no connection with them."


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