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2003: Marsh Chapel Message and Observances

September 11, 2003

The following message is from Rev. Dr. Robert C. Neville, dean and University Chaplain; Ms. Meredith Ellis, associate dean; and Rev. James J. Olson, OCC, associate dean.

This Thursday, September 11th, marks the second anniversary of the terrorist attacks on our country. Although most of us have been able to move on in our lives, those family and friends of loved ones lost as well as all individuals involved in search and rescue at all sites still need our special thoughts and prayers. Our hearts go out to the children who lost parents in the tragedy. Please, let us hold them in our hearts and prayers.

We here at the chapel will mark the anniversary of September 11th between 8:30 and 9:30 a.m. with a bell tolling on the plaza accompanied by silent prayers. Both chapels will be open for prayer all day with candles to light in remembrance. There will be an ecumenical prayer service here in this chapel at 5:00 p.m.

The Dean and two Associate Deans are available for personal conversations on theological, religious, moral, social, and relational issues. Please drop-in to see one of them or call them at the chapel office to make an appointment. Know that you are welcome. We are here to listen and to serve all of God’s people.

September 11th Observances:

  • Bell Tolling and Silent Prayers, 8:30 – 9:30 a.m. – Plaza
  • School of Theology Ecumenical Service, 1:00 p.m.
  • Prayer and Remembrance Service, 5:00 p.m.
  • Both chapels will be open all day for prayer and for lighting memorial candles.

Dean and University Chaplain: Rev. Dr. Robert C. Neville
Associate Dean: Ms. Meredith Ellis
Associate Dean: Rev. James J. Olson, OCC.

For an updated list of all University Chaplains,
please contact Marsh Chapel Office:
Marsh Chapel at B.U. -- 735 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215 -- (617) 353-3560

2002: Memorial Concerts

If you are looking for a meaningful way to observe the anniversary of September 11, you are invited to seek out a local performance of the "Rolling Requiem." This worldwide memorial was initiated by the Seattle Symphony Chorale, and now includes 150 choirs in 23 countries.

Choirs around the world will commence performances of Mozart's Requiem on September 11 at 8:46 a.m. -- the time of the first World Trade Center attack -- in their own time zones. Performances will begin at the International Date Line and proceed around the globe, hour by hour, time zone by time zone, for 24 hours.

Locally, The Avenue of the Arts Chorale will host the only Boston performance of the Rolling Requiem, at Central Congregational Church, 85 Seaverns Avenue, in Jamaica Plain. The concert is free and open to the public.

Nearly 150 singers and musicians will perform at Central Congregational, under the direction of Anne Watson Born. Members of the Avenue of the Arts Chorale will be joined onstage by singers and musicians from 17 Greater Boston musical organizations.

(above was posted on the "We Remember" home page during the month of September, 2002)

screen capture from video of prayer server2001: National Day of Prayer

In observance of the National Day of Prayer for those touched by the tragic attacks of September 11, 2001, Marsh Chapel held an Ecumenical Service of Prayer and Remembrance on Friday, September 14, 2001.


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