Vigil to be held in response to recent violence

In troubled times, it is important for us all to come together.

In the wake of recent violence, a candlelight vigil will be held in Lancaster’s Penn Square on Thursday evening, from 7-8 p.m. The event will allow people to join together in prayer, reflection and mutual support. All are welcome.

Downtown churches are being asked to ring their bells for one minute, beginning at 7:30 p.m.

"After the tragic events of the last several days with random gun violence, the senseless killing of a schoolteacher followed by a suicide in Lancaster City, many of us are looking for answers and healing,” said City Council member James Reichenbach, who is hosting the vigil with fellow City Council member Barbara Wilson.

“This is a chance for us all to come together in prayer and reflection,” said Council member Wilson. “We want parents to bring their children, neighbors, clergy, everyone. No, matter what your faith or denomination, with everything going on in this city, with everything going on in this country and this world. It’s time for us all to come out and stand together united as a city.”

There will be no formal program at the vigil. After a period of somber reflection and prayer by candlelight, before the bells, the hope from the Council member is that the event will end with music and a spirit of renewal. People are invited to bring drums, guitars and other instruments.