‘Unity, solidarity, and peace,’ Maine Council of Churches calls for candlelight vigil in response to Capitol riots

The Maine Council of Churches invited people to light a candle outside their home for 15 minutes at 7 p.m.

Author: Chris CostaPublished: 9:35 PM EST January 6, 2021Updated: 9:35 PM EST January 6, 2021

Credit: Michelle Cyr Taylor
Michelle Cyr Taylor’s candles outside her home in Dedham, Maine after the riots in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

PORTLAND, Maine — The Maine Council of Churches invited people via Facebook to hold an impromptu candlelight vigil Wednesday night in response to the riots in Washington, D.C.

“In the wake of the horrific events unfolding in our nation’s Capitol Building this afternoon, we are calling on Maine’s congregations, people of faith, and people of good will to come together tonight at 7pm for an outdoor candlelight prayer vigil for unity, solidarity, and peace–a peace that’s built with justice and a justice that’s guided by love,” the organization posted on its Facebook page.

The council invited people to gather outside their houses of worship, or stand outside their homes or places of businesses. They asked people to hold a lit candle and remain in a “spirit of prayer” for 15 minutes.

“Even if you are standing by yourself, know that you are not alone.  We will be standing together in the Spirit, unified by our love of neighbor and Creator and by our commitment to establishing a peaceful and just community and nation where grace, dignity, respect, truth and compassion are protected and preserved.”