Parishioners Pray For Peace at Catholic Sunrise Service

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By WBBM Newsradio 780 AM & 105.9 FM

CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO0 -- The Chicago Archdiocese held a sunrise service along the lakefront on the South Side Saturday, praying for peace.

The morning sun played on the glistening lake as the Black Catholic Deacons of Chicago prayed for peace with dozens of people, some who were passing by Oakwood Beach and stopped to see what was happening.

“We come out here and pray for peace and the end of violence.  Prayer solves a lot of problems, whether people really realize it or not.  We are praying that people will be coming by and just see what’s happening.  Some folks just walked by and came over and joined in the prayer," Deacon Roscoe Dixon said.

A choir and band were also performed gospel music at the service. Eva Walker said it was her first time attending the service.  

“Jesus brought me here,” she said. “I think that we need him more than ever considering what we’re going through right now.” 

Walker, added, "If you want something and you have a clear heart and you're praying for it, then it will be granted.  And so all of these people are testimony to that because they believe in prayer, too." 

Dixon and the other deacons wore white robes and walked in a procession through the crowd of roughly 200 people to a makeshift altar set up near the water’s edge.  “We want to be a beacon in a city that seems so dark,” Dixon said as he looked over the crowd of attendees. " I see hope. I see a lot of people who probably wouldn’t have come together in any other way.”