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9/11 Memorial Concert in the Park

Today, we presented our annual Opera in the Park concert as a memorial to the victims of the 9/11 terrorist attacks. The San Francisco Opera Orchestra and Chorus, along with Music Director Nicola Luisotti and four Adler Fellow soloists performed Mozart's Requiem Mass, interspersed with meditational texts read by members of the San Francisco Interfaith Council. Included below are the various readings and prayers which were included in the event.

 
From the Jewish tradition
From The New Union Prayer Book, Yom Tov service
Read by Rita R. Semel, Congregation emanu-el
 
In the rising of the sun and in its going down,
we remember them.
In the blowing of the wind and in the chill of winter,
we remember them.
In the opening of buds and in the rebirth of spring,
we remember them.
In the blueness of the sky and in the warmth of summer,
we remember them.
In the rustling of leaves and in the beauty of autumn,
we remember them.
In the beginning of the year and when it ends,
we remember them.
When we are weary and in need of strength,
we remember them.
When we are lost and sick at heart,
we remember them.
When we have joys we yearn to share,
we remember them.
So long as we live, they too shall live,
for they are now a part of us,
as we remember them.
 
From the Baha’i tradition
Abdu’l-Baha
Read by Nushin Mavaddat, San Francisco Baha’i Center
O Thou merciful God!
O Thou Who art mighty and powerful!
O Thou most kind Father!
These servants have gathered together,
turning to Thee, supplicating Thy threshold,
desiring Thine endless bounties from Thy great assurance.
 
They have no purpose save Thy good pleasure.
They have no intention save service to the world of humanity.
O God! Make this assemblage radiant.
Make the hearts merciful.
Confer the bounties of the Holy Spirit.
endow them with a power from heaven.
Bless them with heavenly minds.
Increase their sincerity, so that with all humility
they may be occupied with service to the world of humanity.
May each one become a radiant candle.
May each one become a brilliant star.
 
May each one become beautiful in color and redolent of fragrance
in the kingdom of God.
O kind Father! Confer Thy blessings.
Consider not our shortcomings.
Shelter us under Thy protection.
Remember not our sins.
Heal us with Thy mercy.
 
From the Christian tradition
adapted from evangelical Lutheran Worship, Prayer for emergency Workers
Read by Rev. Dr. Susan Strouse, First United Lutheran Church
 
God of earth and air, water and fire, height and depth, we pray for those who work in danger, who rush in to bring hope and help and comfort when others flee to safety, whose mission is to seek and save, serve and protect, and whose presence embodies the protection of the Good Shepherd. Give them caution and concern for one another, so that in safety they may do what must be done, under your watchful eye. Support them in their courage and dedication that they may continue to save lives, ease pain, and mend the torn fabric of lives and social order. Amen.
 
From the Muslim tradition:
adapted from the Muslim Prayers for the Dead
Read by Imam Abu Qadir Al-Amin, San Francisco Muslim Community Center
God is Great.
In the name of God, the Compassionate, the Merciful. Praise be to God, the Lord of the Universe, the Compassionate, the Merciful, Sovereign of the Day of Judgment! You alone we worship, and to You alone we turn for help. Guide us to the straight path, the path of those whom You have favored, not of those who have incurred Your wrath, nor those who have gone astray.
 
God is Great.
Allah, grant forgiveness to our living and to our dead, and to those who are present and to those who are absent, and to our young and our old folk, and to all men and women. Grant especially to those who have died your ease, rest, forgiveness and consent O God, if they acted well, then increase for them their good action, and if they acted wrongly, then overlook their wrong actions. Grant them security, glad tidings, generosity and closeness to you. We seek Thy blessings, Thou art the most Merciful.
God is Great.
May The Peace from God be upon you.
 
From the Sikh tradition
Sukhmani Sahib
Read by Dr. Meji Singh, Onkar Sikh
Remembering God, the pain of death is dispelled.
Remembering God, one is not touched by fear.
In the remembrance of God, one becomes good.
In the remembrance of God, one flowers in fruition.
In the remembrance of God, many are saved.
In the remembrance of God, thirst is quenched.
In the remembrance of God, there is no fear of death.
In the remembrance of God, hopes are fulfilled.
Those who remember God are not lacking.
Those who remember God dwell in peace.
Those who remember God are immortal and eternal.
Those who remember God generously help others.
Those who remember God — their faces are beautiful.
Those who remember God abide in peace.
Remembering God, the heart-lotus blossoms forth.
Remembering God, the unstruck melody vibrates.
The peace of the meditative remembrance of God has no end
or limitation.
 
From the native American navajo tradition
Navajo Night Chant
Read by Andrew Galvan, an Ohlone Man; Curator, Old Mission Dolores, San Francisco
Happily I recover.
Happily my interior becomes cool.
Happily I go forth.
My interior feeling cool, may I walk.
No longer sore, may I walk.
Imperious to pain, may I walk.
With lively feelings, may I walk.
As it used to be long ago, may I walk.
 
From the Buddhist tradition
Yoka Daishi’s “Song of enlightenment”
Read by Bhikshuni Heng Yin, Berkeley Buddhist Monastery
This inner Light is beyond both praise and abuse,
Like unto space it knows no boundaries;
Yet it is right here with us ever retaining its serenity and fullness;
It is only when you seek it that you lose it.
You cannot take hold of it, nor can you get rid of it;
While you can do neither, it goes on its own way;
You remain silent and it speaks; you speak and it is silent;
The great gate of generous love is wide open.
 
From the Hindu tradition
Read by Sister Sukanya Belsare, Brahma Kumaris Meditation Center
May there be peace in the higher realms;
may there be peace in the firmament;
may there be peace on earth.
 
May the waters flow peacefully;
may the herbs and plants grow peacefully;
may all the divine powers bring unto us peace.
 
The Supreme Lord is peace.
May we all be in peace, peace, and only peace;
and may that peace come unto each of us.
Posted: 9/11/2011 2:39:23 PM by San Francisco Interfaith Council
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