HOME > NEWSROOM > ARTICLES > United Front in Boston

United Front in Boston

Following the horror of the bombing at the Boston Marathon on Patriots’ Day this week, President Obama keynoted a “Healing Our City” service Thursday at Boston’s Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The service, featuring hymns and prayers, was attended not only by Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, former Governor Mitt Romney, and a number of political and religious dignitaries, but also by victims’ families, emergency responders, and numerous others of the Bay State public, united in grief and resolve to overcome. 

President Obama declared, “Your resolve is the greatest rebuke to whoever committed this heinous act. If they sought to intimidate us, to terrorize us, to shake us from… the values that make us who we are as Americans, well, it should be pretty clear by now that they picked the wrong city to do it…. You showed us, Boston, that in the face of evil, Americans will lift up what's good. In the face of cruelty, we will choose compassion. In the face of those who would visit death upon innocents, we will choose to save and to comfort and to heal. We'll choose friendship. We'll choose love. Because Scripture teaches us God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love and self-discipline. And that's the spirit you've displayed in recent days.”

He concluded, “Scripture tells us to run with endurance the race that is set before us. As we do, may God hold close those who've been taken from us too soon, may He comfort their families and may He continue to watch over these United States of America.”

  • Watch this service and find a transcript of the President’s remarks.

By Aaron Mercer, Vice President Government Relations

Published: April 19, 2013

Latest News

2015 NRB Media Awards: August 4 Deadline Approaching!

NRB is still accepting nominations for the 2015 Annual Media Awards, but not for long!

Israel Tourism Commissioner Haim Gutin Promoted to Senior Deputy Director General

Haim Gutin, the Israel Ministry of Tourism (IMOT)’s outgoing Commissioner for North and South America, was honored and recognized by friends and associates last week ahead of his forthcoming return to Jerusalem.

Moody Bible Institute Touts New Moody Bible Commentary

After a more than five-year effort to create a world-class resource for Bible students, the faculty of the Moody Bible Institute has released The Moody Bible Commentary, a single-volume, 2,100-page commentary of the entire Bible designed so any believer who wants to really know God’s Word can easily use it.

Warrior Leadership Summit Draws Hundreds of Native American Young People

Hundreds of Native American young people gathered earlier this month from across North America to grow in their relationship with Jesus Christ.

House Attention to Low-Power, Satellite Television Legislation

NRB members with television ministries may be particularly interested in two happenings this week in the House of Representatives.

NRB Opposes Administration Intolerance

This week the President made good on his promise to LGBT activists to issue an ENDA-like Executive Order applying to federal contractors. Unfortunately, despite widespread concern and...

The Internet Road to Nowhere

Last week, in the detailed comment that NRB filed with the Federal Communication Commission (FCC) on the issue of Internet regulation, this question was raised: What would it profit America to gain the world of digital innovation if, in the process, we end up losing our First Amendment soul?

Persecuted Sudanese Christian Mother Free

Aided by the Italian government, Meriam Ibrahim, her husband, and two young children successfully exited Sudan this week.

NRB 2015 Media Awards: Less Than 2 Weeks Left to Enter!

NRB is currently accepting nominations for the 2015 Annual Media Awards and will be doing so until August 4, 2014. A longstanding hallmark of NRB, the awards program remains one of the association's most valued traditions.

Exhibit Space at the NRB15 Int’l Christian Media Convention Available Now! Get Yours Today!

Want to place your company or ministry in front of thousands of decision-makers in an ever-growing industry? Then consider exhibiting at NRB’s 2015 International Christian Media Convention.

More News