NORTHEAST GLENDALE -- Small votive candles silently flickered in a
corner of St. Mark's Episcopal Church Friday afternoon, where dozens of
people -- parishioners and nonparishioners -- came to reflect on the
national day of prayer and remembrance.
Betsy Howard, who has lived in the city for two years, covered her
face with trembling hands as she sat alone on one of the red-padded pews.
"I'm from the New York area. That was my home they destroyed," she
said shakily outside the church as cars passed on busy North Brand
Back inside the church, more than a page of names were added to its
guest book as others came to pray.
Friday was designated as a day for national prayer following terrorist
attacks Tuesday in which four hijacked commercial planes were
deliberately crashed on the East Coast.
Thousands of miles away, in Glendale, people like Lawrence Browning
flocked to churches, places they have not been in years.
"I drove around town looking for a church with its doors open. I
needed some time for quiet reflection," said Browning, whose Glendale
employer encouraged its workers to find places to pray on their lunch
He found St. Mark's, where Parisa Mohempour had stopped on her way
"I came to pray for the people who lost their lives. I keep thinking
about the families who lost loved ones," said Mohempour, who had a loop
of braided red, white and blue ribbons pinned to her shirt. At a coffee
shop that morning, a woman was handing out the decorations. She refused
to take any money for them, Mohempour said.