In recognition of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, all are invited to gather in the Garth prior to the Noon Eucharist as quilts memorialized with the faces of loved ones lost to gun violence are displayed. The Bourdon Bell, the Cathedral’s largest carillon bell, will toll for approximately ten minutes to remember and honor victims of gun violence.

Following the noon bell tolling, all may gather in Bethlehem Chapel for a special “Wear Orange” Noon Holy Eucharist. The color orange has become the defining color of the movement for gun violence prevention and is worn to recognize the roughly 120 lives that are killed each day.

The service, along with the Congregation’s Gun Violence Prevention Ministry, will offer prayers and liturgy and opportunity for deep reflection for those whose lives have been impacted by gun violence. A special message will be offered by DC Chief of Police, Pamela A. Smith.

All who seek a deeper relationship with God in Christ are welcome to receive Communion.

The quilt display will be available until 1:30. Learn more about the quilt display.

about pamela a. smith

Pamela A. Smith has over 25 years of law enforcement experience and a decorated career having achieved numerous commendations and awards. While in the United States Park Police, Smith served in major city field offices across the United States including San Francisco, New York, Atlanta, and Washington, DC, rising through the ranks to become Chief of Police for the United States Park Police in 2021. [Read full bio]