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A Call to Compassion

Press Release - Thursday, June 2, 2011

Washington National Cathedral - 10th Anniversary of 9/11

Washington National Cathedral announces full weekend of events including interfaith prayer vigil, commemorative exhibit, youth event, commemorative concerts

Washington, D.C.—Washington National Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III has announced the Cathedral’s plans to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11. “A Call to Compassion” will begin on Friday evening, September 9, with a performance of Brahms’s Requiem. In partnership with the Pentagon Memorial Fund, the concert will be given in honor of the 9/11 Pentagon victims and survivors, their families, and emergency response personnel, as well as the nearly 6,000 fallen military service members and civilians whose lives have since been lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

The weekend of commemoration will continue on Saturday, September 10, with a program (to be announced at a later date) focused on interfaith dialogue among high school and university students of diverse faiths and backgrounds.

On Sunday, September 11, the day of the anniversary, a vigil of interfaith prayers will be offered beginning at 8:30 am led by Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane; the Cathedral’s Bourdon Bell (used for funerals) will toll ten times at 8:46, 9:03, 9:37, and 10:03 am to mark the moments that airplanes struck the World Trade Center, struck the Pentagon, and crashed in Shanksville, Penn. At 10:15 am, author Karen Armstrong will lead a forum on compassion with Dean Lloyd. A Commemorative Holy Eucharist will then take place at 11:15 am with Dean Lloyd preaching.

On the evening of Sunday, September 11, at 8 pm, the Cathedral will host a commemorative concert, “For a Healing World,” featuring celebrity artists and musicians with music, readings, and reflections.

The Cathedral building, featuring a commemorative exhibit, will remain open to all as a gathering place for quiet prayer and remembrance throughout the weekend. Online visitors may also engage in the commemoration through a dedicated website; all events will be webcast live from the Cathedral’s website at

“Washington National Cathedral was honored to be the place to which our nation turned for prayer and reflection on September 14, 2001, three days following the horrific events of 9/11. In that moving national prayer service, our country came together to honor the memories of those we lost and to find strength to move forward as a nation,” said Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III. “Now as we approach the tenth anniversary of that day, the Cathedral is called to serve again as a place for commemoration in offering a weekend of compassion, remembrance, resolution, and hope.”

“A Weekend of Compassion” is made possible, in part, by a grant from the F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc., of Plainsboro, N.J., lead sponsor of the commemoration, which supports projects working to develop spiritual health in the U.S. and abroad.

“The F.I.S.H. Foundation is honored to be the lead sponsor for the National Cathedral’s commemoration of the tenth anniversary of 9/11,” said the Rev. Dr. Kathy J. Nelson, the foundation’s president. “We believe in the Cathedral’s calling to bring the nation together in the significant moments that mark our history—whether in sorrow or joy. And we feel equally called to support the Cathedral in its work toward bringing peace and healing to a broken and hurting world.”

Full schedule of events and more information »

About Washington National Cathedral

Washington National Cathedral is a church for national purposes called to embody God’s love and to welcome people of all faiths and perspectives. A unique blend of the spiritual and the civic, this Episcopal cathedral is a voice for generous-spirited Christianity and a catalyst for reconciliation and interfaith dialogue to promote respect and understanding. We invite all people to share in our commitment to create a more hopeful and just world.

SOURCE: Washington National Cathedral

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