Local churches to pray for Gulf

Posted June 17, 2010 4:46 p.m. EDT

— At least two Triangle churches will take part in a nationwide prayer vigil Thursday evening for the Gulf Coast that is reeling from an oil spill.

The government estimates that between 66 million and 120 million gallons of oil have leaked into the Gulf of Mexico since an April explosion at a deep-water rig killed 11 people and ruptured a pipe a mile underwater.

St. Francis of Assisi Catholic church in Raleigh and St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Durham will hold hour-long prayer vigils starting at 7 p.m.

"In a service of prayer, meditation and gentle music, we will implore God, the Creator of the Universe, to intervene and stop the oil flowing into the ocean, onto the beaches and into the lives of innocent creatures and people," read a release from St. Luke's.

Representatives for St. Francis of Assisi said that participants will mourn the death and damage, engaged in prayer and conservation about the disaster's moral aspects, and consider actions to lessen dependency on petroleum.