A woman reads the names of people killed in the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks at the South Pool of the 9/11 Memorial in New York City September 2015. (CNS photo/Gregory A. Shemitz)
Sunday marks a significant anniversary for the U.S. — the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. For some, like new high school freshmen, the attacks are merely a historical fact, occurring before most were even born. Others see Sept. 11, 2001, as a marker of time, ushering in two new distinct time periods: pre- and post-9/11.
For those hoping to find solace in the Catholic Mass, J. Michael McMahon has made some suggestions for liturgists to honor the range of feelings that surround the anniversary. McMahon, the music editor at Celebration, wrote a feature piece reflecting on Sept. 11 and spoke to NCR about his thought process behind planning a Mass that focuses both on the Gospel and the somber mood surrounding the day.
The first step is turning to the Gospel and other Scripture for guidance. Continue reading