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St. John the Divine
Glorious cathedral on fire

This morning (December 18) at 7 a.m., firemen were called to the cathedral of St. John the Divine in New York. Black smoke billowed high above the soaring walls of the nation's largest cathedral.

As we write this, there are no reports of casualties, the extent of the damage, or of what might have caused the blaze. But we grieve this new damage to a city already numb with losses, and we invite people to share their prayers for - and their stories of this beautiful house of worship.

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12/18/2001 09:40

I've only lived in New York a few years, but St. John the Divine was one of my favorite early discoveries wandering through my new neighborhood. It pains me to think of that beautiful building in flames. I pray for the safety of the fire crews and others on the scene. I pray that damage to the structure is not great. I pray that the cause of the fire is some stupid accident, not any malevolent human intent. And I pray that the sprawling ministry of the cathedral goes on - regardless of what happens to the structure.

12/18/2001 12:43

Holy and Almighty Father
Give comfort to the congregation of the beautiful cathedral. Lord and Creator, I offer you my prayers to preserve the hearts of New York. In Jesus name Amen,.

12/18/2001 13:33

I agree with E.C. (and yes, I know this is not a discussion board), but so many times our prayers almost become discussions. Were it not for the prayer circle I would not have even known of this disaster. I have already e-mailed it to myself for inclusion in a newsletter and I pray that those that receive that newsletter will also lift up prayers. I also pray that this not the first of events to come leading up to Christmas in connection with WTC. Many of us in Rhode Island witnessed a majestic rainbow over the capital city (Providence) the Friday of the week of WTC. To many it signified an end to attacks within and against our country. I pray that that is true and that this fire is not related.
The WTC was a place of business, commerce and community on a global scale. Look at our response to it's destructors. Imagine if cathedrals, churches and synagogues (not to mention other HoW such as mosques) come under attack, how will we respond then?

12/18/2001 17:50

Dear Lord,
I pray to thank you for letting everyone be okay. I thank you for the firemen that responded. Please be with the congregation. In Jesus name. Amen


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