White House Press Pool Report from Multi-Denominational Vigil Newtown, Connecticut

White House Press Pool Report from Multi-Denominational Vigil Newtown, Connecticut

Here is a rundown of the multi-denominational vigil service including speakers.

press_poolGathering and Welcome by Rev Matthew Crebbin, senior minister, Newtown Congregational Church, UCC

Scripture: Psalm 46 — Rabbi Shaul Praver, Rabbi, Congregational Adath Israel

Prayer: For Those We lost — The Rev Mel Kawakami, senior minister Newtown United Methodist Church.

Scripture, Psalm 23, Spoken together in various translations — The Rev Kathleen E. Adams-Shepard, Rector, Trinity Episcopal Church.

Prayer: For the Children — The Rev Jim Solomon, Pastor, New Hope Community Church.

Reading of the Koran and Prayer — Jason Graves and Muadh Bhavnagarwala, Al Hedaya Islamic Center.

Prayer: Emergency responders — the Rev Jane Sibley, Minister of Visitation and Spiritual Growth, Newtown United Methodist Church.

Reading/Prayer from the Baha’i Tradition, Dr John Woodall, leader, Baha’i Faith Community.

Prayer: For Councilors, Clergy and Caregivers — The Rev Leo McIlrath, Ecumenical Chaplain, Lutheran Home of Southbury.

Scripture; Romans 8 — The Rev Pastor Jack Tanner, Minister, Elder, Newtown Christian Church.

Remarks

First Selectwoman Patricia Llodra

Governor Dannel P. Malloy

President Barack Obama

Prayer: For Our Community — The Rev Monsignor Robert Weiss, Pastor, St Rose of Lima Roman Catholic Church.

Blessing/Sending: The Rev Rob Mossis, Vicar, Christ the King Lutheran Church

Closing Music: Ms Fiona Smith Sutherland, Music Minister, Trinity Episcopal Church

Pool Report #10

Newtown, HS

Deep female sobs were heard from several sections of the audience, as the president started to read the names of the teachers who were killed at Sandy Hook Elementary school.

People are watching the president’s speech quietly and intently, the eyes of some people are glistening with tears in the television lights.

There was laughter as the president spoke about how the children in the school were “dutifully following instructions as young children sometimes do” and again when Obama talked about how one small child said, it was okay because he knew karate.

The president is speaking without a teleprompter and he carried his remarks in his dark folder.
In front of his podium are lighted candles in tumblers representing the victims.

Earlier, at moments of deep silence during the service, the hush was broken by the cries of several small children and babies, getting restless in the audience.

Pool Report #11

There were more sobs and sniffs and people brought to tears as the president solemnly read the names of all the children that were killed in the school tragedy.

At the end of his speech, people stood and applauded loudly, and the president stood at the side of the stage and several times waved his hand.

Then he exited alone from the back of the stage. Motorcade is now moving back to AF1

Outside the school, the pool saw a crowd of people, wrapped in blankets and holding candles, as they listened to coverage of the service on a speaker.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/6IOQOMEAH47V3VRTMQAJRMBFSY Jack S

    I’m not sure who Rev Leo McIlrath is — but he is not a Lutheran pastor.  Lutherans do not refer to God as mother and father god.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jennifer-Heelan/100000252039387 Jennifer Heelan

    I was thinking the same thing.  But please, no need to yell at us about the inaccuracies with all capital letters.  This only serves to push people away from a peaceful and loving religion.

  • Bahai

    There is no such a thing as ” BAHA’I TRADITION” . THE BAHA’I FAITH HAS NO TRADIOTIONS AND NO LEADERS OR CLERGY. THERE ARE LOCAL, NATIONAL SPIRITUAL ASSEMBLIES AND THE  UNIVERSAL HOUSE OF JUSTICE EACH FORMED OF 9 ELECTED MEMBERS BY SECRET BALLOT. THE BAHA’I FAITH IS A UNIFYING RELIGION WITHOUT ANY TRADITIONS. RITES, RITUALS AND TRADITIONS CREATE DISUNITY  BETWEEN PEOPLE. THE BAHA’I FAITH IS INCLUSIVE OF ALL RELIGIONS AND THEIR HOLY BOOKS WITHOUT THE MAN MADE DOGMAS AND RITUALS.

  • Charles_Boyle

    GRIEVE
    I am greatly comforted by the thought that the progress of souls in the next world can be assisted by those yet living, and that for this purpose God gives us grief and pain that we might be ever mindful of those who have passed away, that our thoughts and remembrance might thus be even as unspoken prayers offered from the deepest places in our hearts and thus assist the progress of their souls. 
    Say the first verse firmly, speak the second, and offer the third with tenderness.
     
    Grieve and wail and weep for me.
    May your heart be shattered into a thousand pieces
    May your tears roll down in torrents.
    Do not deny this pain,
    But send it screaming and wailing into the world
     
    Do not hold back, keep nothing in,
    For I yearn for your grief, beg for your pain and long for your tears
    Each sigh, each groan, is the music of remembrance,
    Each broken shard as a blade to cut away the forgetfulness
    And each tear a burnish to love’s mirror.
     
    And all are as a gentle wind to fill the sails of my soul
    To send it scudding across that great sea of light.
    So grieve and wail and weep for me
    That you might fill my sails
    And set my soul upon its true course.