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Points of Light Vigil
December 15, 2018 @ 8:00 pm - December 16, 2018 @ 8:00 pm
Points of Light Vigil Against Gun Violence
December 15 8:00 p.m. – December 16, 8:00 a.m.
Advent is a season when we try to shine our light in the darkness and prepare to welcome the Christ Child. It is a time to shine the light on the issues of Gun Violence in our country. Please join us as you can.
Our vigil will begin following a highly anticipated concert from Portland Chamber Music, beginning at 6:00 p.m. An intermission will include refreshments.
Immediately following the intermission we will process to Canterbury Chapel where we will have a short liturgy remembering all those who have lost their lives to gun violence. The liturgy was written by Episcopal Bishops United Against Gun Violence. Following is their statement:
From Bishops United Against Gun Violence November 8, 2018
We mourn the murder of 12 precious children of God today in Thousand Oaks, California, and we weep for those who have lost people who were dear to them. We offer our prayers for solace, for healing and for a change of heart among the elected leaders whose unwillingness to enact safe gun legislation puts us all at risk.
Much of what can be said in the wake of such appalling carnage has been said. It was said after the mass shooting at the Sikh temple in Oak Creek, Wisconsin; and it was said after the Sandy Hook Elementary School tragedy in Newtown, Connecticut, the two devastating events that brought Bishops United Against Gun Violence into being. And it was said most recently after the anti-Semitic massacre at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, just 12 days ago. Mass shootings occur so frequently in our country that there are people who have survived more than one.
While the phrase “thoughts and prayers” might have become devalued by elected leaders who believe speaking these words discharges their duty in the wake of a massacre, we nonetheless believe that we are called to pray for the dead, those who mourn them and those who respond to the scene of mass shootings.