Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Boston's Longest Night Vigil

Snow and freezing rain pelted Saint Paul's Cathedral the night of December 21st, but the little brown paper bags with their electric candles still glowed brightly.

Many people gathered on the night of the winter solstice to remember the homeless men and women who had passed away in the previous year.

Reverend Kathy McAdams, executive director of Ecclesia Ministries Common Cathedral, had personally known three people who passed away. She said that many homeless find it difficult to transition into housing because it feels lonely after shelter life, and many lose meaning in their lives once they no longer have to search for food or shelter.

Many in attendance had known someone who passed away from homelessness, and everyone paid their respects.

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