Today we honor and remember those who lost their lives and the police, firemen, and volunteers who risked theirs in the terrorist attacks on 9/11. It is not widely known, but there is a Ground Zero Catholic Memorial at St. Joseph’s Chapel on the southwest side of the World Trade Center in Battery Park City. “The Catholic Memorial at Ground Zero honors all who died in the terrorist attacks, those who performed heroic and selfless acts on that day and in the weeks afterward, and all of us who have survived to bear witness.” Four statues were created by artist John Collier for the memorial; St. Joseph (patron of construction workers), St. Michael the Archangel (patron of police), St. Florian (patron of firefighters), and St. Mary Magdelene (first witness to the resurrection). They can be found along the eastern wall of St. Joseph’s Chapel, which is the wall closest to Ground Zero.
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Prayer for the holy souls in purgatory:
Eternal Father, I offer Thee the Most Precious Blood of Thy Divine Son, Jesus, in union with the masses said throughout the world today, for all the holy souls in purgatory, for sinners everywhere, for sinners in the universal church, those in my own home and within my family. Amen.