Buckhead faith leaders, like those all over the country, made Newtown, CT the focal point of their sermons this weekend. They offered prayers for the victims’ families and everyone left to deal with the heartbreak.
The Archdiocese of Atlanta prayed for healing following the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting on Friday that left 20 children and six adults dead.
"As we embrace in prayer those whose sorry is deep this day, we ask that the father who also chose to give his son born as a poor infant in Bethlehem, will also give those people comfort, solace and faith at this time of incredible sorry," said Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory, according to a report from WSB Radio.
Following the service, which was attended by many with children the same ages as those massacred in Newtown, the congregants lit candles and said prayers for the families and in remembrance of the victims.
On Saturday, the Georgia Boys Choir sang a tribute– "Dona Nobis Pacem," which means "Lord, Grant Us Peace”– to the victims during its Christmas concert.
The tribute moved the audience since many of those in the choir are the same ages of the victims whose lives were taken in the elementary school tragedy.
The 300 people who turned out for a special deacon ordination on Saturday at the Cathedral of St. Philip in Buckhead held a moment of silence for healing.
Episcopal Bishop Rob Wright told the gathering that the school shooting should spur political action for gun violence reduction, the AJC reported.
“How many children have to die before those of us who lead take action around limiting automatic weapons?” he said before the service.
Wright shared a guide from the National Association of School Psychologists to equip parents when they discuss the tragedy with their children.
At the Cathedral of Christ the King, members are encouraged to share their thoughts on the church’s Facebook page.
On Friday, the church posted this “short sermon to live by” on its Facebook page:
Sometimes the only way the Good Lord can get into our hearts is to break them. –Bishop Fulton J. Sheen
Hearts are broken, but the resounding call from pulpits and from even the President of the United States Barack Obama is that Americans are in this together. The rest of the country grieves with Newtown and will help the small town heal.
"I can only hope that it helps for you to know," Obama said at a Sunday evening interfaith vigil in Newtown, "that you are not alone in your grief."
The President said he would "whatever power" he has to prevent another massacre like this from occurring.
How have you grieved? Did you do anything special with your children this weekend? How have you discussed the tragedy with them? Tell us in the comments below.