By Francesca Norsen Tate
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
On Sept. 11, 2001, crowds of people stood in shock on the Brooklyn Heights Promenade as they witnessed the collapse of the World Trade Center’s Twin Towers directly across the East River. During the days that followed, several interfaith groups gathered on the Promenade in prayer and solidarity, especially for the Muslim community.
Brief services on the anniversaries of 9/11 have taken place on the Promenade since that time, at sunset through dusk on weekdays and in the afternoon when Sept. 11 falls on Sundays, as it does this year. This year, the Brooklyn Heights Interfaith Clergy Association will hold its 9/11 memorial service at 2 p.m. that day, gathering between the Montague Street and Pierrepont Street entrances to the Promenade.
As in past years, clergy from local houses of worship will offer readings and reflections from their respective faith traditions.
Congregation Beth Elohim Holds Vigil Service of Healing
Congregation Beth Elohim is holding a service of healing on the eve of the tragedy’s 15th anniversary.
Titled “15 Years after September 11: The Healing We Still Need,” the service will take place on Saturday, Sept. 10, at 7:30 p.m., during the Hebrew month of Elul. An announcement of the service explains that “the month of Elul is a time for healing old wounds and for returning to who we really are.” Rabbi Rachel Timoner, Cantor Joshua Breitzer and Neshama Carlebach will lead a service of song and for learning.
Congregation Beth Elohim is at 274 Garfield Place, near Eighth Ave. in Park Slope.
Youths Will Lead This Year’s Children of Abraham Walk
People of the three Abrahamic faith traditions will observe the 15th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks by walking together in solidarity.
They will join in the Children of Abraham Walk, a Brooklyn tradition that began in 2002 as a way to help bring healing during a time of heartbreak and discord. Although the walk had a year’s hiatus, it is returning with a new component reminiscent of Isaiah 11:6 — the children will lead.
For the first time, those leading the walk will be youth born around and after Sept. 11, 2001.
The walk on Sunday will last from 4 to 8 p.m., starting at the Islamic Mission of America (Dawood Mosque) at 143 State St. The walkers will then proceed to the First Unitarian Congregational Society (at around 4:45 p.m.), Congregation Mount Sinai (at around 5:15 p.m.) and the FDNY Engine 205/Ladder 118 firehouse on Middagh St. (at around 5:45 p.m.).
Leaving the fire station around 6:15 p.m., the walkers will proceed across the Brooklyn Bridge. The Children of Abraham Walk will conclude at the Trinity Church Parish Center at 2 Rector St. with food and community fellowship.
St. Joseph’s Co-Cathedral Hosts Brooklyn’s ‘Living Memorial’ Mozart Requiem Concert
A “Living Memorial” concert of the famed Mozart Requiem will be offered at four venues around New York City, including at the Brooklyn Diocese’s Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph on Sunday, Sept. 11.
The Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture is presenting these concerts, which are “dedicated to all the victims of Sept. 11, 2001 and its aftermath.” The Schiller Institute NYC Community Chorus will sing and John Sigerson will direct the ensembles. Soloists are Indira Mahajan, Mary Phillips, Everett Suttle, Philip Cutlip and Kevin Thompson.
The concert at St. Joseph Co-Cathedral begins at noon on Sunday as part of a special Mass. The Cathedral, which seats 1,500, is on Pacific Street between Vanderbilt and Underhill avenues in Prospect Heights. Reservations are recommended and can be made through the website fftrocc.org or via phone: 718-709-8722. While admission is free, the suggested donation is $10.
March, Mass and Mozart Requiem Will Honor Firefighters Killed on 9/11
Firefighters from Across U.S. Will Gather at Co-Cathedral Here
Firefighters from across the U.S. will join New York City’s bravest and families of the fallen at ground zero in lower Manhattan for a day of solidarity, prayer and music.
Starting from ground zero at 10 a.m., the group will march 24 flags in single file across the Brooklyn Bridge. Each flag will represent one of 24 firefighters from Battalion 57 in Brooklyn killed in the line of duty at the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Their bodies were never recovered. The journey from ground zero to Brooklyn serves to symbolically bring the brothers back home.
The procession will also include an FDNY ceremonial flag for every New York City Firefighter killed on 9/11 and an American flag, in remembrance of all who died that day.
Firetrucks and motorcycles will lead the procession, which will march past several firehouses and continue on to the Co-Cathedral of St. Joseph, 856 Pacific St., in Prospect Heights. Hundreds are expected to fill the church for a noon Memorial Mass. Bishop Nicholas DiMarzio of the Diocese of Brooklyn will preside at the Mass, during which the Foundation for the Revival of Classical Culture will present a unique performance of the Requiem by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, in honor of all the 9/11 victims. Mozart’s Requiem, rarely sung as part of a liturgy, was performed in January, 1964, at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross, at the request of Jackie Kennedy and in memory of her husband, President John F. Kennedy, who had been slain two months earlier.
80 members of the Schiller Institute NYC Community Chorus, accompanied by a 42-piece orchestra and guest soloists, will perform the Requiem at the “Verdi tuning.”
Reservations are recommended and can be made through the website fftrocc.org or via phone: 718-709-8722. While admission is free, the suggested donation is $10. The memorial will be broadcast live on NET TV beginning at 12 p.m. (Cablevision 30, Time Warner 97, Verizon FiOS 48 and netny.tv).