A Mighty Fortress Is Our God!
This song, written by, church reformation father, Martin Luther, was included in the National Service of Prayer and Remembrance, held shortly after the September 11, 2001 attacks against America.
On September 23, 2001, The New York Post Published the Following Story:
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You are looking at what some people believe is a miracle.
Two days after the disaster, a construction worker found several perfectly formed crosses planted upright in a
pit in the rubble of the heavily damaged 6 World Trade Center.
The large, cross-shaped metal beams just happened to fall that way when one of the towers collapsed. An FBI
chaplain who has spent days at ground zero says he has not seen anything like it on the vast site.
As word of the find has spread at ground zero, exhausted and emotionally overwhelmed rescue workers have
been flocking to the site to pray and meditate.
“People have a very emotional reaction when they see it,” says the Rev. Carl Bassett, an FBI chaplain. “They
are amazed to see something like that in all the disarray. There’s no symmetry to anything down there, except
Chaplain Ray Giunta of Sacramento, Calif., has been to the crosses to pray with rescue workers.
“One of the firefighters pointed to them last night and told me, ‘There’s my angel,'” Giunta said.
The angel protecting the pit where the crosses were found is the Brooklyn-born hardhat who found them: a
gentle giant named Frank Silecchia.
Silecchia, 47, who now lives in Little Ferry, N.J., found the crosses on the Thursday morning immediately
following the collapse of the towers. He marked the site by spray-painting on a nearby wall the words
“God’s House,” and a directional arrow.
“The crosses are just shards of steel that came from the Tower 1 [the north tower], and went right through
the roof of Building 6 and destroyed the entire center of it,” he explained.
“When I first saw it, it took my heart, and made me cry for about 20 minutes,” he says. “It helped me heal
the burden of my despair, and gave me closure on the whole catastrophe.”
In subsequent days, Silecchia, a born-again Christian, led his fellow rescue workers and others – many of
whom were grieving the loss of loved ones – to the crosses.
A veteran firefighter who had been digging through the twisted metal for his lost firefighter son. An angry
cop who lost someone in the collapse. A Vatican representative, who photographed the crosses for the
pope. And ABC’s Barbara Walters.
He says they all left in peace.
“Barbara Walters’ niece lost her son in the building,” he said. “Barbara told me she wanted people to see
the House of God, so people who needed healing could find it.”