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Vigil held in Oklahoma City for Connecticut shooting victims

A prayer and Eucharist service in remembrance of the victims of the Newtown, Conn., shootings was held Monday at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral in Oklahoma City.
by Carla Hinton Modified: December 17, 2012 at 10:22 pm •  Published: December 17, 2012

Lindstrom said the city's healing process continues, and part of that process is to gather to pray for people in other parts of the world who have experienced tragedy.

The short service included Scripture readings and hymns. People were encouraged to pray sitting in the pews or to kneel in prayer while the gong was sounded once for each Newtown victim.

Tiffany Meites, of Oklahoma City, said Lindstrom's words resonated with her because she remembers people from around the world praying for victims, survivors and Oklahoma City as a whole in the aftermath of the 1995 bombing.

“I came tonight, in part, to give back to the community like the community around the world gave back to the city after the Murrah bombing,” she said.

Meites said she attended Monday's prayer vigil to pray for the Newtown victims and their families. She said she also prayed for healing for the mentally ill and for better access to services that may aid them.

Lindstrom said the decision was made to host the prayer and Eucharist service because prayer is a powerful way to respond to tragedy and help people find solace.