President Obama led the list of dignitaries who attended.
People lined up early outside the Cathedral hoping to get a glimpse of the President or get a spot inside for the interfaith service.
Security was tight with helicopters overhead and a large contingent of police officers on the ground.
Michelle Farguarson came with a purpose,”Just to support the runners, I feel what happened on Monday is a horrible tragedy and together we stand, divided we fall,” says Farguarson.
The cathedral holds about 2-thousand people , one thousand members of the general public were here as well as a thousand dignitaries and other community leaders and there were so many other people who could not get in.
Alyssa Blackwell brought their two young children. It was import to be there even though they were outside,”My daughter is studying community helpers at school so we’re out here to show her all the people who are here to protect us and keep us safe,” says Blackwell.
James Parker held a sign with a message that Boston is strong,”I feel the Boston strong message is really important and not only is it Boston strong but at the end of my message here we’re Americans and we’re together as one no matter what,” says Parker.
Among those feeling the pain of what happened in Boston was former mayor Ray Flynn who knows the city and its people like few others.
The interfaith service he says is the first step in the healing process,”From here it moves to justice finding out who is responsible for this horrific act, and thirdly what we can do in the future to make sure this never happens again,” says Flynn.
Whether you were inside or out, everyone at the Cathedral was moved by a city’s resolve to heal its wounds and come back stronger than ever.