Sunday, September 11, 2011
Another blog asked the question, "Do you remember what you did the day before 9-11?" I've never thought of that before and quite frankly I can't remember a thing about 9-10-01. But I can remember 9-11 almost as though it were yesterday. Of course what stands out the most are the images on live TV of the first tower bellowing smoke from what was thought to have been an accident when a "small" plane collided with the building. It wasn't until I saw the passenger jet actually hit the second tower as live TV had cameras fixed on the twin towers that we all realized that something more than an accident was taking place and in an unprecedented way that would change America and our way of life.
What I remember most though is making sure the front doors of our historic church in downtown Augusta were opened wide to indicate to everyone who desired, that a sanctuary of peace and prayer was open to them no matter their religious affiliation.
What I remember is watching people stream into our church to pray and seek comfort from God and divine protection for our nation and those in harms way.
Most of all I remember our daily Mass that day. It is celebrated each day at 12:15 PM. The normal attendance was always around 60 to 100 people. That day the Church was packed:
Church of the Most Holy Trinity, Augusta, Georgia, September 11, 2001, 12:15 PM daily Mass:
What I remember too was singing "America the Beautiful" at the recessional and getting to the last verse which left no dry eye in the church that day:
O beautiful for patriot dream
That sees beyond the years
Thine alabaster cities gleam
Undimmed by human tears!
God shed his grace on thee
And crown thy good with brotherhood
From sea to shining sea!