The Framingham Interfaith Clergy Association held a silent, candlelight vigil Tuesday night on the Framingham Centre Common for the victims killed and injured in the Pulse night club shooting in Orlando early Sunday morning.
Plymouth Church senior pastor Rev. Gregory Morisse sounded a chime 49 times to remember those killed. The event also supported those injured, including Framingham native Angel Colon, who was shot five times. He is recovering in an Orlando Hospital.
Colon’s uncle Bienvenido Nieves, his aunt and a cousin were about the more than 100 people who attended the vigil in Framingham.
“It was a miracle he survived,” Nieves, said.
“We have planned this time together for you and the world, so that we can stand in witness to a community that is bound together through our differences, for love and for peace” said Rev. Morisse.
“We are going to extend the next hour in silence,” he said. “We do this in silence, as silence is a universal language of understanding, of listening, and of discovery. I hope that today we will listen and discover, the love that makes Framingham strong.”
To start the one hour silent vigil, those in attendance read the following:
“We gather today in sorrow for the lives lost, the families shattered & the fear spreading. We gather today in solidarity for the world we create, the hearts we heal & the love that is unbowed. We gather today with pride for a community where all people are valued and uplifted – from every neighborhood, every faith tradition, every sexual orientation and gender identity, from every school, every village, every experience. We are not afraid of our diversity. It is what makes us strong to face the violence; it is what makes us passionate to face indifference; it is what makes us able to love each other.”
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