September 11th, 2011
12:56 PM ET
By Mary Grace Lucas, CNN
Washington (CNN) - Hundreds gathered in Washington Sunday to share an interfaith moment together in remembrance of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
The morning vigil service, planned over months by staff at the Washington National Cathedral, integrated chants, prayers, music and traditions from across the religious spectrum.
The event was one of several organized by the Washington National Cathedral over the weekend.
"We feel like our events say to the world that faith is an element [of commemorating 9/11]," said Steven Schwab, spokesman for Washington National Cathedral.
The service originally was scheduled to take place in the iconic National Cathedral, but was moved to the Washington Hebrew Congregation due to damage from the recent Washington-area earthquake.
However, the cathedral was not without a role. The large Bourdon Bell in the Cathedral's bell tower rang in time with bells at the temple - a series of somber chimes marking the moment of impact at the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and near Shanksville, Pennsylvania.
A reading during the service mentioned the biblical Tower of Babel and subsequent scattering of peoples and languages over the earth.
Other readings, prayers, and reflections contemplated love, conflict, grief, and the idea of finding a single truth in differing viewpoints.
"These attitudes and relationships have a crucial bearing on justice. Justice is not about following the law. It's about how we treat each other," said local Hindu leader Dr. D.C. Rao.
"Without understanding and respect, there can be no justice."
Mercy and tolerance were two other key theme as leaders took the podium to share thoughts on living in a community of vastly different religious and non-religious perspectives.
"Faith is mercy. Mercy is love for humanity. A love for humanity is to believe that human life - all human life - is sacred," said Imam Mohammed Magid of the All Dulles Area Muslim Society.
Tying the conciliatory themes of the vigil together, Washington National Cathedral's the Rev. Samuel Lloyd, III, called on those present to take with them a feeling of interfaith harmony.
"We know moments of harmony such as this will seem fleeting," said Lloyd, "But one thing can happen. They help us to glimpse the world as God yearns for it to be."
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