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.
They had come to pray.
Terry Pitman and Martha Saunders were among them, out-of-state visitors attending a business convention at the Westin Copley Place hotel. They walked across the square and into Trinity Church for a few moments of quiet.
“Prayer is a part of my daily life, and praying for others is who I am,” Saunders said, touching her heart. “I do that every day, but I’m especially drawn to this place because of the tragedy.”
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