Small chapel keeps 9/11 spiritual flame

A sanctuary for all
The bells toll at 12:30 p.m. at the Episcopal chapel across the street from New York’s World Trade Center site, but Gary Just of Glen Rock, New Jersey, is already praying in one of the scarred pews.

So are the honeymooners from Italy and a 12-year-old British Columbian. None are Episcopalian, but it doesn’t matter; today’s prayer service is Muslim. Tomorrow, it will be Native African.

At Ground Zero, tour guides and souvenirs recall the horror of September 11, 2001. But at St. Paul’s Chapel, the historic little church that stood, the day is recalled with joy at the “extraordinary outpouring of unwavering spirit” by rescue and volunteer workers.

 

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