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Steps from bombing sites, churches offer serenity

On opposite edges of Copley Square, separated by the makeshift memorial to the Boston Marathon bombing victims, two oases of calm reopened Wednesday and lured hundreds of visitors from the crowded plaza and surrounding streets.

The visitors knelt or sat in the majestic sanctuaries of Trinity Church and Old South Church, many alone, reflecting on the meaning of the mayhem that took three lives and ­injured 264 people only steps away.

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