Sunday morning hundreds of Episcopalians processed throughout the streets of Salt Lake City preaching and praying for an end to gun violence. We chanted a haunting rendition of Psalm 130 the whole way: “Out of the deep, O Lord / unto thee I cry. / Consider well the prayer of my longing soul.” The song blended with the chanting of Kyrie, eleison (Lord, have mercy).
Bishop Hayashi spoke his story of being shot in the abdomen by a criminal. Police officers, clergy and mothers gave moving testimony that I am still reflecting on.
The folks from NH wore matching Jonathan Daniels t-shirts, as he becomes a patron saint of gun violence victims. We were cursed at along the way once. People shielded their eyes from the sun with their hands, using a gesture that appeared to say, “Don’t shoot.”
Later this morning is the great Sunday Eucharist and then legislation in the afternoon. Provincial Caucuses this evening.