How do Christians recall 9/11? What should their attitude be on this day? Churches in the United States have asked that it be a national day of mourning and remembrance. Special Masses or other services on this day might draw from the set of readings for reconciliation (Lectionary #892–896) and, in the Roman Missal, the opening prayer For the Nation or State or the texts For the Preservation of Peace and Justice or For Promoting Harmony.

Suggested readings:

Amos 5:4, 14–15, 21–24 (892.3)

Psalm (129) 130 (894.2)

Contigo, Mi Dios, Piedad/With You, O God (Hurd) GP 276
Del Señor Viene la Misericordia/With the Lord, There Is Fullness (Hurd) FYC 268/JS 105
Del Señor Viene la Misericordia (Taulé) FYC 269
From the Depths (Warner) WC 442
I Place All My Trust (Gelineau) GC 128/WOR 71
I Place All My Trust—Antiphon IV (Proulx/Gelineau) RS 175
Out of the Depths (O’Carroll) CH 118
With Our God There Is Mercy (Manion) GP 275
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Haugen) GC 127/GC2 71/RS 176
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Joncas) RS 174
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Jordan) LMGM 512
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Roberts) LMGM 511
With the Lord There Is Mercy (Smith) JS 106

1 John 2:1–5a (893.3)

Matthew 5:1–12a (896.1)

Songs for the Liturgy

Music for this day should focus on mourning, remembrance, and prayer for reconciliation, so that someday we may live in a world where such things will not happen. It would be inappropriate to focus on nationalistic themes.