The parish music ministry, which included cantors as well as a pianist, harpist and two guitar players, led the congregation in song.
The parish music ministry, which included cantors as well as a pianist, harpist and two guitar players, led the congregation in song.
Bringing people together to pray for all who were lost to acts of violence and those who mourn losses such as family members and friends, was the focus of a prayer vigil held June 24 in Sacred Heart Church, Mount Holly.

The prayer vigil, which was in the form of Evening Vespers and included the proclaiming of Scripture Readings, spiritual reflections and singing hymns, was part of Sacred Heart Parish’s observation of its parish feast day – the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus.

“Over the past month, we have shared sorrow over the many injustices occurring throughout the world – an unprovoked war in Ukraine with thousands of casualties; tragic mass shootings in ordinary areas such as markets, schools and neighborhoods; attacks on places of worship during church services, and inexplicable violence toward relief workers and medical personnel assisting in areas devastated by drought, famine and civil wars,” said Teresa S. Redder, an active parishioner who assisted with organizing the prayer vigil.

“Sometimes, we may hear people saying, ‘Where is God in all of this?’ Redder said.

“The answer is God is with us and waiting to be loved,” she said. “We know that God has made promises to us and never abandons his people. In our hunger and thirst for justice, we persevere in our prayers … We witness to God through our faith, hope and love.”

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