Counseling, prayers offered in bombing wake

Faith-based organizations react to needs of survivors, responders

BOSTON | April 16, 2013

A Salvation Army volunteer provides snacks and drinks to survivors of Monday's bombing in Boston.
Credit: Salvation Army

Faith-based organizations are offering counseling, calling for prayer, organizing special services, and providing support to the emergency responders in the wake of Monday's bombing in Boston.

The Salvation Army has sent four mobile canteens to serve emergency responders to the Boston. Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, which specializes in responding to incidents of public violence, is sending a team of volunteers to Boston, according to the denomination's Website.

Episcopal Relief & Development said it had been in touch with the Diocese of Massachusetts and would provide support if needed.

Children's Disaster Services, a ministry of the Church of the Brethren, suggested on its Facebook page that parents be prepared to help their children understand and feel safe in the wake of news coverage of the incident.

Bishop Sudarshana Devadhar of the Boston Area of The United Methodist Church called for prayer in the wake of the incident.

A prayer service has been set for Tuesday night at 7 o'clock in the Old West United Methodist Church on Cambridge Street in Boston.

The Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts held a noon-time prayer service Tuesday at the Cathedral Church of St. Paul in Boston, with Bishop Suffragan Gayle Harris presiding. Trinity Episcopal Church at Copley Square sponsored seven runners who were participating to raise money for the church's anti-violence initiative. All of the runners had already completed the race when the explosions occurred.

A number of local churches across the region announced they were either open or planning to hold services Tuesday.

In addition to the mobile canteens which served meals, snacks and drinks to survivors and responders, the Salvation Army said it was also providing emotional and spiritual care to those impacted by the disaster. "I am deeply grateful for the quick response, compassionate spirits, and heart for ministry with which our officers, staff, and volunteers responded," said Major David E. Kelly, Divisional Commander for The Salvation Army Massachusetts Division.

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