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Raleigh church sends prayers for Newtown victims

Posted December 17, 2012
Updated December 18, 2012

— Parishioners at Sacred Heart Cathedral in downtown Raleigh came together in shock and sadness Monday evening to pray for the victims of a massacre at a Connecticut elementary school.

"People are hurting," said parishioner Anne Werdel. "It was a great time to bring people together."

Twenty first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., were gunned down in their classrooms Friday by a heavily armed man. Six members of the school staff, the gunman and his mother also died in the rampage.

There was a sense at the Raleigh prayer service that what happened in Newtown could happen anywhere.

"I am a teacher and have children of the same age," said Michelle Dorsey. "It was just shocking and so, so sad." Raleigh church prays for Newton massacre victims Raleigh church prays for Newtown massacre victims

Werdel said the prayers, with verses such as "Graciously listen, hear our cries of anguish" and "Spare us and save us, comfort us in sorrow," are helping the Raleigh community cope with a tragedy that has touched the nation.

"God did not cause this. It is up to us to make a world where these kinds of things do not happen," she said. "Losing a child never stops hurting. If you are human, you feel it."


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  • pga007 Dec 18, 2012

    My previous comment was meant as a grammatical check, and to point out that prayer is not a communication with humans, but with God. I don't intend to debate or argue in this forum, as it always comes down to faith. Mine is in God the Father, whose Son Jesus Christ shed innocent blood, even more innocent than the blood shed at Sandy Hook, for the sins of the world, including this shooting. However, admission of guilt and faith to receive this salvation are required for the remission of sin.

  • LuvLivingInCary Dec 18, 2012

    why is it all the non believers always have to prove and voice their belief in no God but believers are confident in what we believe.

  • CestLaVie Dec 18, 2012

    To the atheist: If you want nothing to do with God, why do you bother posting here? Is it so you can ridicule, once again, Christian faith?

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Dec 18, 2012

    "God did not cause this."

    Really? And, this same god doesn't know what you're thinking, so you have to get everyone together and beam a combined signal to him/her?

    I think some people's deity qualifications are a bit too low. What happened to "he knows how many hairs are on your head"?

  • pga007 Dec 18, 2012

    Just wanted to point out the fallacy of the headline. Prayers go "to" God, not to the victims or subjects of the prayers. We pray "to" the One Who has the power to intervene, comfort, heal, and restore. We pray "for" the ones who are powerless to do these things on their own. (that is all of us)

  • Wacky_dood Dec 18, 2012

    Why is this news? Isn't that what church goers do?

  • joeBob Dec 18, 2012

    I'm pretty sure most churches in the nation (including mine) prayed for the victims and families of this tragedy.