Parishes to Offer Prayers for 9/11 Victims

In response to the Archpastoral Message of His Beatitude, Metropolitan Herman in commemoration of the first anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, parishes across North America are planning special prayer services and memorials honoring those who were affected by the attacks.

In the Cleveland, OH area, members of the Greater Cleveland Clergy Association will concelebrate a pan-Orthodox Divine Liturgy at Saint Vladimir Ukrainian Orthodox Church, Parma, OH, at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, September 11, 2002. A Memorial will be celebrated immediately after the Liturgy for those who lost their lives in the attacks.

At 7:00 p.m. the same evening, the Very Rev. Vladimir Berzonsky and the faithful of Holy Trinity Church [OCA], Parma, OH will host clergy and laity from the region at a Memorial honoring those who lost their lives in the attacks. After the service, Parma Police Chief Mark Manning, a member of Holy Trinity, will relate his experiences leading local police officers to Ground Zero in the days following the tragedy.

In the Chicago area, His Grace, Bishop Job of Chicago will celebrate a Memorial for the 9/11 victims at 8:15 a.m. at Saint Luke Church, Palos Hills, IL. The parish recently acquired a 200-pound piece of a steel beam from the former World Trade Center, which will be on display in the open church throughout the entire day. At noon, Psalms will be read at the church, followed by the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, while a second Memorial with choral responses will be celebrated at 7:00 p.m