SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the deadliest acts of terrorism on U.S. soil: the September 11, 2001 attacks. Commemorations will be held across the country to mark the anniversary, and in Springfield, Bishop Mitchell Rozanski will preside over a special Mass in honor of the victims of the attacks and their families, as well as first responders who put their lives on the line to protect the public.
The Mass will be broadcast live as part of the Chalice of Salvation at 10:00 Sunday morning on 22News. The liturgy will also be live streamed here on WWLP.com at that time.
Members of the public are invited to attend the Mass, which will be held at St. Michael’s Cathedral on State Street. Police officers, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, and members of the military are especially invited to participate, and are asked to dress in their Class A uniforms if possible so that they can gather at 9:15 for a procession into the cathedral.
Father Gary Dailey, who serves as chaplain for the Springfield Fire Department, told the official Diocesan news website iObserve that religious services such as these are helpful in turning grief into healing.
“Coming together in prayer enables us to engage in a significant way in the pursuit for peace and to rely on the graces and mercy of God to rid this world of the evil forces that strive to harm us,” Dailey said.
Following the Mass, there will be a procession to the nearby Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle, where a civil ceremony will be held.
Sunday’s Mass will be the first of two liturgies to be broadcast live on the Chalice of Salvation. On Sunday morning, September 18, there will be a live broadcast of the bishop’s annual Mass at the Big E. That will also be streamed live here on WWLP.com.