Their doors open for the first Sunday services since the Boston Marathon bombing, two Back Bay churches were flooded with worshipers after being shuttered during the police investigation of the deadly attacks.
Painful recollections of the bombings were present during both services. At Trinity Church, the name of suspected bomber Tamerlan Tsarnaev was read in prayer along with the names of his alleged victims. At Old South Church, the 11 a.m. service concluded with a massive procession to the bombing site.
His left hand still wrapped where shrapnel tore through his flesh, Tom Ralston tightly hugged Old South’s senior minister, Nancy Taylor, burying his face in her shoulder outside the church, as its Great Tower Bell tolled for those killed during the horrific week of the Boston Marathon bombings.
Ralston, 54, of Revere, said he felt scared and alone when as a spectator, he was among the hundreds injured in the bombings that left three dead. His eardrums were ruptured, and he has yet to return to work as he waits to recover his hearing.
On Sunday afternoon, as he returned to the scene of the attack that left him hurt and horrified, he stood surrounded — and embraced — by his Old South Church family.
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