A Call to Compassion

A Call to Compassion

Commemorating the Tenth Anniversary of 9/11

Washington National Cathedral was honored to be the place to which the nation turned for prayer and reflection on September 14, 2001, three days following the horrific events of 9/11. In that moving national prayer service, at which President George W. Bush delivered his memorable speech “in the middle hour of our grief,” the country came together to honor the memories of those who were lost and to find strength to move forward as a nation.

Now as the tenth anniversary of that day approaches, the National Cathedral is called to serve again as a place for commemoration in offering a weekend of compassion, remembrance, resolution, and hope. The Cathedral is planning to commemorate the tenth anniversary of 9/11 with a full array of programs and events—including an interfaith prayer vigil, a commemorative exhibit, a youth leadership event, and a special concert. A capstone concert on Sunday evening, the night of the anniversary itself, is being planned to include music interspersed with spoken word and reflections with celebrity actors, musicians, and government officials. A special concert to open the weekend will honor the Pentagon and all those who serve America abroad.

As part of its mission to be a sacred place, welcoming the country to pray, commemorate, celebrate, and mourn, the Cathedral will be accessible to anyone who visits in person or online. A special commemorative exhibit is being planned on-site and on the web, and the Cathedral itself will remain open to all as a gathering place for quiet prayer and remembrance throughout the anniversary weekend.

Events will be webcast live from the Cathedral’s homepage »

Schedule of Events

Friday, September 9, 2011

  • Brahms’s Requiem, 7:30 pm
    At the Kennedy Center
    Details »

Saturday, September 10, 2011

  • Event is POSTPONED

Sunday, September 11, 2011

  • Interfaith Prayer Vigil, 8:30 am
    All Sunday morning services at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
  • Forum on Compassion with Karen Armstrong, 10:15 am
    All Sunday morning services at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
    Details »
  • Commemorative Holy Eucharist, 11:15 am
    All Sunday morning services at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
  • “For a Healing World” Concert, 8 pm
    At the Kennedy Center
    Details »

Friday, September 9, 2011

Brahms’s Requiem, 7:30 pm
at the Kennedy Center
featuring guest choir and orchestra with the Cathedral Choir, directed by Canon Michael McCarthy

In partnership with the Pentagon Memorial Fund, the Cathedral will present a special performance of Brahms’s Requiem on Friday, September 9, at 7:30 pm. The concert will be given in honor of the 9/11 Pentagon victims and survivors, their families, and emergency response personnel, as well as the nearly 6,000 fallen military service members whose lives have since been lost in the Iraq and Afghanistan Wars.

The families of the Pentagon victims and survivors, civilian personnel and active duty military members, veterans and wounded warriors are all being extended invitations to attend.

This night’s ceremonies to honor the victims and special guests will feature the Cathedral’s Pentagon Cross: made from fragments from the face of the Pentagon attacked on 9/11, it was presented to the Cathedral as a gift by the U.S. Army chief of chaplains “in recognition that we are united in memory, united in freedom, and united in faith, hope, and love for God, our nation, and all humankind.”

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Saturday event has been postponed.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Interfaith Prayer Vigil, 8:30 am
at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
led by Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane with interfaith leaders

On Sunday, September 11, beginning at 8:30 am, the tenth anniversary of 9/11 will be commemorated during an interfaith prayer vigil led by Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane. Brief meditations from interfaith leaders will mark the moments that airplanes struck the North Tower and South Tower of the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and crashed in Pennsylvania. The Cathedral’s Bourdon Bell, at 12 tons the largest bell in the 53-bell Kibbey Carillon (150 feet above the ground in the Cathedral’s Gloria in Excelsis central tower), will toll ten times at 8:46 am, 9:03 am, 9:37 am, and 10:03 am in honor of the anniversary. The service will include words, music, and moments of silence.

Forum on Compassion with Karen Armstrong, 10:15 am
at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
moderated by Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III

Author Karen Armstrong will lead a forum on compassion, along with Cathedral Dean Sam Lloyd, between the morning vigil and the 11:15 am Holy Eucharist service. Karen Armstrong is a leading voice and thinker on the role of religion in the modern world and is the author of more than 20 books around the ideas of what Islam, Judaism, and Christianity have in common.

Commemorative Holy Eucharist, 11:15 am
at Washington Hebrew Congregation, 3935 Macomb Street, NW, Washington, D.C.
with Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane, presider and Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III, preacher

A Commemorative Holy Eucharist will take place at 11:15 am with Dean Sam Lloyd preaching and Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane presiding.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

“For a Healing World” Concert, 8 pm
at the Kennedy Center

The capstone event of the Cathedral’s commemorative weekend will take place in the “For a Healing World” concert at 8 pm. The concert will feature noted narrators, with readings and reflections between pieces of music. Performances will feature popular artists and classical musicians.

Music will include Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings, a movement from Leonard Bernstein’s Chichester Psalms, and “There Will Be Peace in the Valley.” Reflections written by the Dalai Lama, poetry by Rumi, and the words of other faith leaders will be included.

About “A Call to Compassion”

LEAD SPONSOR:
F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc.
“A Call to Compassion” is made possible, in part, by a generous grant from the F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc., of Plainsboro, N.J.

FOR MORE INFORMATION
Individuals and organizations interested in contributing to “A Call to Compassion,” or in learning more, should send inquiries to compassion911@cathedral.org.

Parking at the Cathedral

Parking in the Cathedral’s underground garage is free on Sundays for services and organ recitals; parking for concerts and programs is available for an event-parking fee. Learn more about parking options for individuals and groups.