Requiem Mass for Children Lost to Abuse and Violence

 

On Sunday, January 22, 2012 at 4 pm Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church will hold a Requiem Mass to honor the children who lost their lives to abuse and violence in the state of Georgia during 2011.  All members of the community are invited and urged to attend this service.  At sundown on Saturday January 21, a prayer vigil will begin in the church. Throughout the night the names of those who died will be recited.  The prayer vigil will end at 7:00 a.m. on Sunday, January 22, and the Requiem Mass begins at 4 p.m. that day.  To view available times at the vigil, click here, and you may email your preference to Leigh Jackson. Holy Innocents' is conviently located just off I 285 at 805 Mt. Vernon Road, Atlanta 30327. You may call 404-255-4023 if you have questions.

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This will be the second year HIEC is holding this service, and it is the intention of the people of Holy Innocents’ that the Requiem Mass be held annually to remember the innocent children of our day, celebrate their lives in the resurrection, and proclaim the love and reconciling grace of God.

Donations and offerings received during the service will be designated for The Drake House, a crisis residential assessment center for homeless women and children in North Fulton. The Drake House provides immediate residential housing, combined with an empowerment program designed to provide stability for the children and assist the family in working toward housing self-sufficiency.

The GA House of Representatives has passed a resolution recognizing HIEC for the “annual Requiem Mass honoring the lives of children lost to abuse and violence”.... the members of the House “extend their most sincere commendations on the dedication of its annual Requiem Mass service, and wish its congregation continued growth and prosperity.”

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