Pax Christi Santa Fe to Commemorate Bombing of Hiroshima on Sunday, August 4th in Los Alamos
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* Pax Christi Santa Fe to Commemorate Bombing of Hiroshima on Sunday, August 4th in Los Alamos
Pax Christi Santa Fe will hold its annual Hiroshima Day Commemoration on Sunday, August 4th, 2013 from 2 pm to 4 pm in Los Alamos, New Mexico. the event will include a march of peace and a sackcloth and ashes prayer vigil for peace in commemoration of when, near the end of World War II, on August 6th, 1945, the U.S. bombed Hiroshima, Japan with a nuclear weapon. Pax Christi Santa Fe and its members seek the abolition of nuclear weapons.
From 2 to 4 pm the Peace March and Sackcloth and Ashes Prayer Vigil for Peace will begin and end at Ashley Pond in Los Alamos. Pax Christi Santa Fe asks that you join them in the spirit of nonviolence to put on sackcloths and ashes, march for peace, and sit in silent meditation for 30 minutes to repent for the creation of nuclear weapons. The sackcloths and ashes ceremony is taken from the Bible story found in the Book of Jonah. In the Bible story, God was angry about how the people of Nineveh were behaving and asked that they repent from their sins. The people sat in sackcloths and on ashes and prayed for forgiveness. God accepted their prayers and granted them peace. Pax Christi will supply the sackcloths and ashes. Father John Dear will provide closing remarks.
Pax Christi Santa Fe is a part of Pax Christi USA, the national Catholic peace movement, which seeks to promote the peace of Christ by exploring, articulating, witnessing and practicing Gospel nonviolence. They work to abolish war, poverty, violence, injustice and nuclear weapons in New Mexico and the world and welcome God’s reign of peace on earth.
Bud Ryan, of Pax Christi Santa Fe, said, “We in Pax Christi Santa Fe and our members throughout New Mexico ask you to join us for our annual Hiroshima Commemoration on August 4th.”
He continued, “For me this has been an incredible way to say I’m sorry for being part of the collective violence we in the U.S. perpetrate on others around the world, as well as ourselves. Afterward we ask you to join us to hear speakers talk about nuclear weapons and what we can do to work to abolish them. We would hope that for all participants this becomes a lifetime pursuit, rather than just an afternoon, to rid the world of nuclear weapons and to get the nine nuclear weapon States to clean up their nuclear mess.”
For more information, please call Bud Ryan at 505 264-2838 or Ellie Voutselas at 505 474-8557.
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