Where were you on 9/11? I imagine that anyone of age on that day can remember exactly where they were, what they were doing, and the horrible feeling when the news showed the towers coming down.
I was just finishing some e-mail before heading off to Mass. There were some postings about a bad air plane crash but no details. I turned on the news in time to see a plane crash into one of the towers. At that point, it was still felt to be a really bad plane incident as it was an American flight and what else could it be but a horrible accident. By the time we headed out the door to church, it was pretty well figured out that we had been attacked but the why, what, who wasn’t mentioned yet.
At Mass, Father, who had been praying the Rosary before Mass, didn’t know what had happened. During his sermon, he mentioned we should pray for some bad plane crash or something that had happened in New York. He probably wondered about all the heads shaking a negative no to that that version of the news.
After Mass, one of our friends went back and told Father. He said Father’s face went into total shock and he couldn’t say a word for a moment. I remember how very quiet it was outside the church. All flights had been grounded. Since we live near an airport, the absence of the flight noises we never noticed was suddenly loud. The day was sunny and warm, the sky was an exceptionally pretty blue yet the anxieties and fears would soon turn into confirmations for so many families and friends by evening.
We got home and went back to the television in time to see the first tower fall. All day news kept coming in with either factual news or suppositions based on all the information flying around. At the end of the day, 2,977 people were dead and over 6,000 were injured.
Memorial Prayers for 9/11 First Responders
God of the selfless,
God of the strong and the brave,
Grant a perfect rest among the souls of the righteous
To those who died in service to others because of
The 9/11 attacks on the Unites States.
May their dedication to protecting life serve as a shining lamp of love
And the works of their hands bring us all merit in heaven.
Bless the souls of all who have died to save others,
Civilians and professionals,
The trained and the untrained,
In every age and in every land,
Men and women who answered the call of honor, duty and service.
May their memories be sanctified with joy and love.
May their souls be bound up in the bond of life,
A living blessing in our midst.