Interfaith 9/11 Service of Remembrance

Fri, Sep 11, 2020, 8:00 am to 9:00 am
All are welcome!
Office of Religious Life
Office of Alumni Affairs

The University will mark the 19th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks with an Interfaith Service of Remembrance ; the recorded service goes live at 8 a.m. ET on Friday, September 11. The service will include prayers representing diverse faith traditions, music, and ringing of the bell for the alumni who died. The service can be viewed here

The Order of Service and Interfaith Prayers are below.

There is a Princeton University Memorial Garden (located between Chancellor Green and Nassau Hall) that was created to honor the 14 Princeton alumni killed in the attacks.

Order of Service 9/11 Service of Remembrance

Princeton University, Friday, September 11, 2020

Opening Words: Rev. Alison L. Boden, Ph.D., Office of Religious Life

Interfaith Offerings: Rabbi Ira Dounn (Jewish); Sabrina Mirza (Islamic); Rev. Dr. Theresa S. Thames (Christian); Matthew C. Weiner, Ph.D. (Buddhist); Vineet Chander (Hindu)

Poem: The Voices Live by Andrew Motion

Reading of the Names of the 14 Princetonians Lost on 9/11 and Ringing of the Bell: Nancy Lin ‘77, Asian American Alumni Association Co-Chair

Closing: Gabriel’s Oboe by Ennio Morricone; performed by Peter Velikonja *04

The Voices Live by Andrew Motion - The voices live which are the voices lost: we hear them and we answer, or we try, but words are nervous when you need them most and shatter, stop or dully slide away so everything they mean to summon up is always just too far, just out of reach, unless our memories give time the slip and learn the lessons that heart-wisdoms teach of how in grief we find a way to keep the dead beside us as our time goes on -invisible and silent, but the deep foundations of ourselves, our corner-stone


A PRAYER FOR 9/11: God of the Universe, Each year we remember the terrible events of 9/11. Be with us as we mourn the loss of those whom we knew, and those whom we did not know especially the Princetonians whose lives are memorialized in this garden. We pray that as we observe this day that you might grant each one of us healing and peace in our own lives. Give us strength to stand against hate and terror and in solidarity with people of peace in every nation, culture and religion so that such an event might never happen again.Amen.

A BAHÁ’Í PRAYER: O Thou kind Lord! Unite all. Let the religions agree and make the nations one, so that they may see each other as one family and the whole earth as one home. May all live together in perfect harmony. O God! Raise aloft the banner of the oneness of mankind. O God Establish the Most Great Peace. Cement Thou, O God, the hearts together. O Thou Kind Father, God! Gladden our hearts through the fragrance of Thy love. Brighten our eyes through the Light of Thy Guidance. Delight our ears with the melody of Thy Word, and shelter us all in the Stronghold of thy Providence. Thou are the Mighty and Powerful, Thou are the Forgiving and Thou are the One Who over-looketh the shortcoming of all mankind.

A BUDDHIST PRAYER: As a mother would risk her own life to protect her only child, even so towards all living beings one should cultivate a boundless heart. One should cultivate for all the world a heart of boundless loving-kindness, above, below and all around, unobstructed, without hate or enmity. May all beings be safe from harm. May we be happy and peaceful. May we be strong and healthy. May we live our lives joyfully.

A CHRISTIAN PRAYER: Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love; where there is injury, pardon; where there is discord, union; where there is doubt, faith; where there is despair, hope; where there is darkness, light; where there is sadness, joy. Grant that we may not so much seek to be consoled as to console; to be understood as to understand; to be loved as to love. For it is in giving that we receive; it is in pardoning that we are pardoned; and it is in dying that we are born to eternal life.

A HINDU PRAYER: O God, the Giver of Life, Remover of pains and sorrows, bestower of happiness, and creator of the universe, Thou art most luminous, pure and adorable. We meditate on Thee. May thou inspire and guide our intellect in the right direction. The Gayatri or Guru Manta There is peace in the heavenly region; there is peace in the atmosphere; peace reigns on the earth; there is coolness in the water; the medicinal herbs are healing; the plants are peace-giving; there is harmony in the celestial objects and perfection in eternal knowledge; everything in the universe is peaceful; peace pervades everywhere. May that peace come to me! May there be peace, peace, peace.

A JEWISH PRAYER: Master of the universe, let there be no good hope that is not a command, let there be no prayer that does not ask to become a deed, let there be no promise unless it is kept. Upon this earth may just and reverent nations arise: needing no challenge like war, no more undone by poverty and injustice. Let them be places where every person matters. So shall the human community, rich in beginnings and poor in conclusion, grow mature in wisdom and ripe in understanding. Upon this earth may women of spirit arise, men of integrity and compassion, creators of God-seeking peoples; slow to judge others; quick to judge themselves: so may they be all their days and years. We ask for messiahs, a new age of the spirit, Your kingdom on earth. Let the Eternal be King of all the earth.

A MUSLIM PRAYER: In the name of God, the Merciful, the Compassionate: All praise be to God; Lord of all the worlds; Most beneficent, ever merciful; King of the Day of Judgment; You alone we worship, and to you alone we turn for help; Guide us, O Lord, to the path that is straight; the path of those you have blessed; and not the path of those who have gone astray. I call to witness; the early hours of the morning, And the night when it is dark and still. The Lord has never left you. What is to come is better that what has been before. The Lord will give you, and you will be content. Did He not find you an orphan and take care of you? Did He not find you perplexed, and show you the way? Did He not find you poor and enrich you? So, do not hinder but help others (orphans, destitute) as the Lord has helped you.

A UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST PRAYER: In the words of Martin Luther King Jr.: We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. There are some things in our social system to which all of us ought to be maladjusted. Hatred and bitterness can never cure the disease of fear, only love can do that. We must evolve for all human conflict a method The foundation of such a method is love. Before it is too late, we must narrow the gaping chasm between our proclamations of peace and our lowly deeds which precipitate and perpetuate war. One day we must come to see that peace is not merely a distant goal that we seek but a means by which we arrive at that goal. We must purse peaceful ends through peaceful means. We shall hew out of the mountain of despair, a stone of hope.

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