Recently Helene Milena ran a special service to mark the 7th aniversary of 9/11.. a number of those who attended spoke of how moving it was. Here Helene records her thoughts:
The seventh anniversary of 9/11 saw the largest number of people so far attending a Tuesday or Thursday service in the Anglican Cathedral. As representatives of countries around the world we gathered to remember the day when 2973 people died in the United States as the result of terrorism.
The psalm set for that evening was Psalm 61 which contains the words ‘For you are my refuge, a strong tower against the enemy’. The enemy however is not always ‘the other’. We acknowledged in our confession that in each of us there are things we are reluctant to face but God knows them and he can make us whole. In the reflection we were reminded that we don’t fight against flesh and blood but against the spiritual powers of evil. The weapons we use are not made by our hands but are instead those given to us by God: the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the gospel of peace, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation, and the word of God. Our motivation should be to do good whenever and wherever we have the opportunity.
As we left the Cathedral, each person was encouraged to light a candle.
To listen to her message from that powerful service click the play button below.