A prayer in darkness

Posted 9 January 2011 by
A Prayer in Darkness

A Prayer in Darkness

In 1946, Alan Hovhaness composed an opera called Etchmiadzin. There is an intermezzo for strings and trumpet taken from it called “A Prayer of Saint Gregory,” Op. 62b. Described by Hovhaness as “a prayer in darkness,” it is named for St. Gregory the Illuninator.

On Saturday, January 8, 2010, a person with a gun tried to kill US Rep. Gabrielle Giffords of Arizona while meeting with constituents in a shopping center. While shooting her in the head, Rep. Giffords was not killed. All told, this person killed 6 people and wounded 16 people.

The people killed are:

  • Gabriel Zimmerman, 30, a person on the staff of Rep. Gifford
  • Christina Greene, 9, a student at Mesa Verde Elementary School
  • John Roll, 63, the Chief Federal District Court Judge for the District of Arizona
  • Dorothy Morris, 76
  • Phylis Scheck, 79
  • Dorwin Stoddard, 76, pastor of Mountain Avenue Church of Christ
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As a side note, Christina Greene was born on September 11, 2001.

There has been a lot of divisive political rhetoric in the United States in recent years. In reality, divisive rhetoric is nothing new. For that matter, shooting at your political enemies is nothing new.

But, we do not have to like it.

A contractor can be held liable if a construction site is not secured and a child is injured. The law recognizes special protection for those unable to understand the danger on construction sites.

It is also illegal to incite others to riot.

Why should a politician not be held responsible for using violent speech? Is it really acceptable to say you are going to “take out” your opponent? Why is it acceptable to use gun sites for targets on a map for your political opponents? Yes, a normal person would not take this to mean to kill someone literally. But, there are people out there who do not understand that. Some of those that do not understand this own guns.

May the souls of all who died in Tucson rest in peace and rise to life immortal.

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