Prayer Vigils and Services: Response to the Boston Marathon Bombings


For some, a prayer vigil or service is a way to gather with others and spiritually support the bombing victims, the city of Boston — even the perpetrator/s. 

For others, it is a way to seek answers — or peace, in the face of unsettling evil.

Or even just share quiet company with others or with God.

Patch is gathering a list of all the prayer services and vigils in response to the Boston Marathon bombings. Below is a list of vigils and services being held and open to the public; we will be adding to it all day. If we don’t have it listed here, please add your own to the comment section below:


Where: Unitarian Universalist Congregation

What: Meditation and prayer vigil

When: Thursday, 7 p.m.

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Where: All Saints’ Episcopal Church

When: 12:30 p.m. and 5:45 p.m.

What: Prayer service

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Where: The Common in Billerica Center

When: 5:30 p.m. tonight

What: The churches and faith communities of Billerica will gather for a time of prayer for peace and healing


Where: The First Church of Christ, Scientist

When: Noon and 7:30 p.m. Wednesday

What: Church services with a healing response to the events. The church is also open for tours; during tour hours, people are also invited to come in for quiet prayer and contemplation.


Where: Arlington Street Church

When: 8 p.m. tonight

What: Vigil


Where: Old West Church United Methodist

When: 7 p.m. tonight

What: Vigil


Where: The Paulist Center, 5 Park Street, across from the Boston Common

When: 5:15 and 6:15 p.m. tonight

What: Interfaith prayer vigils


Where: Temple Shalom Emeth

When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 19

What: Shabbat service conducted by Rabbi Abramson and Cantorial Soloist Ben Silver will contain prayers and reflections on this tragedy

Chestnut Hill:

Where: St. Ignatius Church, located on the edge of the Boston College campus at 28 Commonwealth Ave.

When: 5 p.m. tonight

What: A “Mass of Healing and Hope;” all members of the BC communtiy are invited. University President William P. Leahy will celebrate the mass and a sacramental anointing for healing will follow the service.


Where: First Parish

When: 7 p.m. tonight

What: Vespers service


Where: United Methodist Church

When: Wednesday, Thursday & Friday 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

What: The church will be open for those who would seek a place of peace and prayer. 


Where: Maple Street Congregational Church

When: All day today until 6 p.m.

What: Chapel will remain open to the public today to provide a quiet place for reflection

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Where: Christ the Redeemer Anglican Church

When: 7 p.m. tonight

What: Special prayer service is open to the public for a time of prayer and reflection

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Where: Holy Trinity Lutheran Church

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

What: Prayer vigil for Boston Marathon runners, participants and police

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Where: South Shore Baptist Church

When: 7:30 p.m. tonight

What: “Prayer for Boston;” anyone is welcome to attend to pay tribute to Monday’s victims and their families.

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Where: St. Paul Parish

When: 7 p.m. tonight

What: Special Mass; all are welcome to come and pray together


Where: Hopedale Unitarian Parish

When: 6pm – 7:30 p.m. tonight

What: Sanctuary will be open for an informal gathering of meditation, prayer, candle lighting and sharing

Jamaica Plain:

Where: Hope Central Church

When: 6:30-7 p.m. tonight

What: Singing for and with us, songs of peace

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Where: First Baptist Church 

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday

What: Vigil on the front lawn, sponsored by the JP Clergy Association


Where: Grace Chapel

When: 7-8 p.m. Wednesday

What: All are invited to stop by and join us in prayer for the victims, their families, and loved ones affected by the bombings, as well as the caregivers and medical staff still hard at work treating the victims.


Where: Messiah Lutheran Church

When: 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 17

What: The church will be open for prayer; a brief service of spoken prayer will take place at 7 p.m.


Where: First Church in Marlborough Congregational UCC 

When: 9-10 a.m. Wednesday, April 17

What: The church will be available for individual prayers and silent reflection from. The pastor will be there too in case folks want someone to pray with.

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Where: The Congregational Church of West Medford

When: 7 p.m. tonight

What: Prayers, candles, songs of peace and love – all welcome

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Where: Grace Episcopal Church

When: 6 p.m.

What: Prayer service


Where: Trinity Episcopal Church

When: 7 p.m. tonight

What: Interfaith prayer service

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Where: Gazebo on the Town Green 

When: 7 p.m. tonight

What: The Milton Interfaith community will hold a vigil. All Milton residents are invited to attend

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Where: Natick Common

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17

What: Candlelight vigil


Where: Newton City Hall War Memorial — outside on the steps

When: 6:30m p.m. Wednesday

What: All residents are welcome to attend tomorrow night’s vigil to “come together as a community and show support for the victims of Monday’s tragic events”

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Where: Andover-Newton Theological School

What: 20-minute prayer service to be held on the quad

When: 1:30 p.m. today

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Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Newton Highlands

What:  Taize Eucharist Peace Vigil

When: 8 p.m. tonight

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Where: Temple Shalom, Rothman Chapel

When: 7-8 p.m. tonight

What: Clergy members will be available for anyone who wishes to come talk, pray or even just sit silently in the midst of community. The Sanctuary will also be open and available for quiet meditation

North Andover

Where: St. Paul’s Episcopal Church

What: Personal time for prayer

When: Wednesday, all day, starting at 9 a.m.

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North Reading:

Where: Trinity Evangelical Church, 105 Haverhill St. 

When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 19 

What: Prayer vigil

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Where:  Charles River Running; meet in front of the store

When: 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 16

What: Three-mile run to remember the victims

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Where: United Methodist Church, 57 Pond St.

When: 7 p.m. tonight

What: Interfaith prayer service and our door will be OPEN TO ALL


Where: South Congregational Church 

When: 4-8 p.m.; 6:30-7 p.m. tonight

What: The church will be open from 4-8 p.m. to anyone looking for a quiet place to pray and reflect on the tragedy. A prayer service will be held from 6:30-7 p.m.

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Where: Unitarian Universalist Church of Reading

When: 6-9 p.m. Wednesday

What: The doors to the Sanctuary located will be open; comfort and tea will be available.

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Where: Grace Episcopal Church, 385 Essex St.

When: 7 p.m. Tuesday

What: Candlelight prayer vigil

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Where: Temple Kol Tikvah

When: 7:30-9 p.m.

What: The temple will open its doors for a prayer space

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Where: Our Lady of Sorrows Parish

When: 24/7

What: A place for a time of quiet and prayer

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Where: First Baptist Church of Sharon

When: 5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

What: Quiet prayer

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Where: First Congregational Church of Stoughton

When: Wednesday, April 17 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

What: Sanctuary will be open to light a votive candle and offer a prayer for all those affected by this tragedy


Where: First Church in Swampscott, Congregational

What: Interfaith prayer vigil

When: 7 p.m. tonight

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Where: Tewksbury Congregational Church sanctuary

When: 6-8 p.m. Wednesday

What: Prayer and conveastion 6-8, gathered time of prayer from 7:30-8 p.m. All are welcome. 


Where: Our Lady Comforter of The Afflicted Parish

What: Community prayer service

When: 5 p.m. tonight

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Where: Saint Mary Parish

What: Mass service

When: 12:10 p.m.

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Where: First Parish Wayland

When: 4-6 p.m. Wednesday

What: “Come for the quiet, for the communion with others, light a candle if you wish,” the announcement reads. “Our hearts and prayers go out to all those affected by yesterday’s events.”

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Where: Trinitarian Congregational Church

When: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17

What: Prayer vigil: “This service is open to our entire community as we gather for prayers, readings, and songs,” the announcement from TCC reads. “Feel free to invite friends and family as we process these significant events in the life of our community together.”


Where: First United Methodist Church

When: 6:30 p.m.

What: A time for prayer

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Where: St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church

When: 7 p.m.

What: Special service of prayer

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Where: Congregational Church of Westborough

When: 4:30 p.m. Saturday

What: A service of mediation and remembrance

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Where: Chapel of the Cross

When: Regular Sunday service

What: Service will be re-formatted to address this tragedy

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Where: United Parish Church

When: Noon today

What: Prayer service


Please add yours to the comment section below.

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