On a Song and a Prayer | Sojourners

On a Song and a Prayer

On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, Suzzy Roche was out walking her dog. The sun shone brightly over New York City in a clear, perfectly blue sky. Thoughts tumbled through her mind. Her and her sister Maggie's new album Zero Church would be released today. After months of collecting and listening and writing and singing, it was finally ready.

Then Suzzy turned the corner onto 9th Avenue and watched in horror as the planes crashed into the World Trade Center.

In the aftermath of the tragedy in New York, Washington, D.C., and western Pennsylvania, amid immense grief and new vulnerability, Maggie and Suzzy (her name rhymes with "fuzzy") realized their collection of prayers set to music needed one more contribution. "I found myself writing my own prayer and humbly adding it to the collection," recalls Suzzy on her Web site. "When we began our search for prayers, I wasn't sure what we were doing. Now I understand—something real about compassion, kindness, and tolerance. This is one of those rare projects that comes along and defies categorization."

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Sojourners Magazine September-October 2002
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