Loyola University Maryland held an interfaith prayer service on the steps of Alumni Memorial Chapel on Tuesday, June 14 in solidarity for the LGBTQ+ community and to honor the victims of Sunday’s shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando.
Members of the Loyola community spoke about the tragedy in Orlando, along with other tragedies that have impacted the LGBTQ+ community, and shared their prayers for all those affected by these tragedies.
“In seeking to create safe and inclusive space, we gather here today on these steps to recognize the tensions that meet the doors of this threshold,” campus ministry director Seán Bray said outside the chapel doors.
Those who gathered for the service lit candles and tapped their hearts in rhythm to a drum to pray for each of the victims of the shooting. The community also spoke aloud their prayers and hopes for the future, including love and acceptance, affirmation, admiration, transformation, action, and dignity for all people.
Watch Fox 45’s coverage of the prayer service here.