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Catholic Church and others to hold vigils for Charleston victims Saturday night

A vigil in remembrance of the victims of Wednesday night’s mass murder at Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, planned for Saturday night, will briefly shut down parts of Kings Highway and Ocean Boulevard as participants carry candles during the procession.

Catholic Bishop Robert E. Guglielmone of Charleston is set to lead the vigil titled “Fortnight for Freedom,” which will begin at St. Andrew Catholic Church at 3501 N. Kings Highway.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops designated June 21 through July 4 as the fourth “Fortnight for Freedom,” which is a 14-day period of prayer, education and action in support of religious freedom. The theme of this year’s program will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel, according to church officials.

Activities for tonight’s event will include a special mass at the church at 6:15 p.m., followed by a Eucharistic procession from about 7:30 to 8:30 p.m., according to a press release.

There will also be an intercessory prayer during mass for the nine victims and their families, a moment of silence for the victims, and nine people carrying battery operated candles during the Eucharistic procession.

Areas of Kings Highway and Ocean Boulevard will be closed to traffic including: Kings Highway 17th and 37th avenues North closing at 7:30 and 8:30 p.m. for about five minutes, Ocean Boulevard and 37th Avenue North closing at 7:45 and 8:15 p.m. for five minutes, according to the release.

Participants will march from the church to the beach for benediction, and will then walk back to the church along the same route.

Members of Bethel AME Church in Conway may be joining in for some or all of the events.

Additionally, many Charleston churches plan to ring their bells Sunday in remembrance of the nine Emanuel AME Church murders, and the city of Conway is asking local churches to do the same.

Conway is requesting area churches ring their bells at 10 a.m. Sunday in honor of the nine people massacred inside Emanuel AME Church Wednesday night, according to a press release sent out by city officials.

The chimes will also represent support and encouragement to the people of Charleston, the release said.

Churches participating so far are St. Michael’s in Garden City Beach and First Baptist in Surfside Beach.

Other area vigils include:

Saturday, 4 p.m. at 1906 Log Cabin Road in Loris; Stop the Violence Peace Walk, with speaker Ed Wilson. For more information: Cookie Warner 877-27274 or Ed Wilson at 602-2425.

Saturday, 7 p.m. at Christ United Methodist Church; 2901 Fantasy Way, Myrtle Beach. For more information: https://www.facebook.com/events/1449990718630464/1450068675289335/

Read more here:http://www.myrtlebeachonline.com/news/local/article24878494.html

Contact ELIZABETH TOWNSEND at 626-0217 or on Twitter @TSN_etownsend.

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