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Church to host election night prayer vigil

 

November 3, 2016



After the ballots are counted Tuesday, many might find themselves turning to prayer.

St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal Church, just outside Edmonds in unincorporated Snohomish County, is ready to help. The church is holding an election night vigil – including prayers, litanies and moments of silence – following one of the most divisive presidential elections in modern U.S. history.

The prayers won’t focus on who should or shouldn’t be elected as president, church leaders say, but for the healing of the nation.

After the last presidential debate between Republican nominee Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, St. Hilda St. Patrick member Sandy Kaduce approached the Rev. Cynthia Espeseth about hosting the prayer vigil.

“I was tired of all the arguing, I was tired of all the ugliness,” Kaduce said. “It’s gotten to the point that all there is left to do now is fill out the ballot and pray. After the election is over, no matter if you support Clinton or Trump, we’re still going to have to live together. We need to come together to pray for the well-being of our nation.”

Espeseth gave her blessing for the congregation to host a prayer vigil open to all – regardless of party affiliation, denomination, religious faith or lack thereof – who want to offer prayers of thanks, reconciliation and healing with the close of the election season.

“We recognize that this election has been a source of deep concern for many,” she said. “It is important to come together at this time to give thanks for the abundance of our common life, pray for the safety and security of our country, and offer prayers for reconciliation and healing as our nation elects a new president.”

St. Hilda St. Patrick joins other independent churches throughout the U.S. in hosting a prayer vigil in response to the presidential election.

The Episcopal Church’s Forward Movement ministry recently published “A Season of Prayer: For an Election,” a prayer cycle that offers a nonpartisan response to election turmoil.

Kaduce has found solace in the Forward Movement’s daily prayers offered through the election season.

“I found the daily prayer really very helpful,” she said. “I’m not just sitting here feeling frustrated about what’s going on, but I actually have some direction.”

For those unable to attend the vigil, St. Hilda St. Patrick will also offer prayers Nov. 6 during its Sunday worship service at 9:30 a.m. and during its Wednesday 1 p.m. Eucharist on Nov. 9, the day after the election.

“Whether or not we all vote for the same person, that doesn’t matter,” Espeseth said. “What matters is we stand together in prayer as a witness to what God’s love really means. It’s certainly not going to be political at all, other than God’s politics.”


Election night vigil Where: St. Hilda St. Patrick Episcopal Church, 15224 52nd Ave. W, Edmonds When: 7-8 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 8 Information: www.sthildastpatrick.org, 425-743-4655

 

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