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Holy Innocents’ to host prayers for shooting victims
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December 16, 2012 11:04 AM | 2691 views | 0 0 comments | 19 19 recommendations | email to a friend | print
In response to the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings Friday in Newtown Conn., Holy Innocents' Episcopal Church, 805 Mount Vernon Hwy. in Sandy Springs, will be open for prayers Sunday from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.

The parish, named for the children Herod killed in his attempt to rid the world of Jesus Christ, is called once again by the Innocents of Our Day to pray for an end to violence.

At 5 p.m., it will offer a vigil. A contemplative liturgy of music, scripture, prayers, and poetry, the vigil will contain periods of silence for meditation and reflection. All are welcome.

The parish will be open for normal services of Holy Eucharist at 8, 9 and 11:15 a.m. and 6 p.m. as well as for private reflection and prayers throughout the day. The following locations are available for private prayers:

1. The Oratory of the Holy Family, located to the right of Christ Chapel, will have candles for the victims of the shooting in Connecticut. In addition, poems, prayers and journals will be available in the oratory for those who wish to use them.

2. The Chapel to the Holy Innocents of Our Day, on the North side of the Nave, will receive the names of the children killed in Newtown, as made available. A chest, bearing paintings of God’s story of creation and redemption, is located in this side chapel and normally holds the names of children who die from violence in Georgia each year. At the Requiem for the Holy Innocents of our Day each January, the church prays for all the children whose names are therein and give them to God’s love and care. The next Requiem will be Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. The flower guild is providing flowers for this side chapel. Votives for prayers are also located there.

3. When not being used for Sunday services, the church and Christ Chapel are also available for private prayers.

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