BOSTON (AP) — People lined up before dawn to get into Boston’s Roman Catholic cathedral for an interfaith service to remember the victims of the Boston Marathon bombings.
President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama are scheduled to attend the service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross that starts at 11 a.m. Thursday.
The event is open to the public on a first-come, first-seated basis and even though doors opened at 8 a.m. people lined up at 5 a.m.
Three people were killed and more than 170 injured when two bombs exploded at the marathon’s finish line Monday.
The service includes reflections by representatives of Protestant, Jewish, Muslim, and Greek Orthodox faiths and Boston’s cardinal.
Wendy Vanderhart of Arlington says she wanted to be there to be “a witness to healing and grace and peace.”
Processional – Music: “Praise to the Lord, the Almighty”
Welcome – Welcome & Opening Prayer: Rev. Liz Walker, Roxbury Presbyterian Church
Greeting – Metropolitan Merhodios, Greek Orthodox Metropolis of Boston, Brookline
Reflection – Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
Music – “My Life Flows on in Endless Song”
Reflection – Rev. Nancy Taylor, Senior Minister & CEO, Old South Church, Boston
Reading – Psalm 147:3, read by Rabbi Ronne Friedman, Senior Rabbi, Temple Israel Boston
Reflection – Nasser Wedaddy, Chair of the New England Interfaith Council
Reflection – Rev. Roberto Mirando, Senior Pastor, Congregacion Leon de Juda, Roxbury
Music – Boston Children’s Chorus, “Up to the Mountain”
Gospel Reading – Matthew 5:1-12, read by Bishop John Borders III, Senior Pastor, Morning Star Baptist Church, Mattapan
Reflection – Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Music – Performance by Yo-Yo Ma
Reflection – Gov. Deval Patrick, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Reflection – President Barack Obama
Closing Blessing – Cardinal Sean O’Malley, OFM Cap.
Recessional – Music: “America the Beautiful”