South Coast Today: Grace Church, New Bedford opens doors for prayer and solace

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Outside the city pulsated, with sirens wailing and vehicles rumbling, life racing by as usual.

Inside, there was only silence, the flickering of candlelight and a few tears.

About 50 people gathered Monday night at Grace Episcopal Church to share thoughts, recite poetry and read prayers.

But perhaps the most powerful moment came when silence filled the church, as those attending gathered in a circle of light to pray for peace, hope and answers in the wake of the shootings early Sunday at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla.

“This isn’t about Grace Episcopal Church, the Episcopal Church or even the Christian Church,’’ the Rev. Chris Morck, the church rector, told the group. “This is for us.’’

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