Spiritual incorporation of various religious traditions in New Orleans
NEW ORLEANS, La (November 18, 2005) – An Interfaith Prayer Service will be Sunday, November 27, 2005, at 3:00 pm at St. Louis Cathedral in New Orleans. Archbishop Alfred Hughes of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New Orleans will preside over the service along with clergy from the Episcopal, Lutheran, African Methodist Episcopal, Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim and Hindu churches for a deeply spiritual service combining the traditions of all participating religions.
The service has three themes – lament, thanksgiving and hope. The prayer service will be a time of meditation and reflection, a remembrance of those who died, a thanksgiving to God for the heroes among us, a prayer for the healing and renewal of our community, and a prayer for a revitalization of spirit and a rededication to God. It is meant to signify that regardless of background, the community must come together to rebuild and celebrate New Orleans. The service will include readings from the Bible, the Koran and other sacred writings, Latin, Greek Orthodox and Jewish chants, the Muslim call to prayer and Christian and Gospel hymns. People of all faiths are invited to attend the service.
Members of the media are welcome. The church will be open to set-up beginning at 1:30 pm. For more information contact Fr. William Maestri at 504-427-3993 or Sarah Comiskey at 225-242-0144 or firstname.lastname@example.org.