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Congregations Sound Bells for Sandy Hook Victims

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Rochester: Congregations Sound Bells for Sandy Hook Victims
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Across the country and here in Rochester, bells rang 26 times for the Sandy Hook victims. People nationwide also observed the moment of silence at the same time.

"We have an old tradition as humans that sound resonates in our spirits."

A somber remembrance of one week ago.

Bells are a call to prayer, and for many now, a call to action.

The moments of silence, between the chimes, were to let people of Newtown, Connecticut, know they are not alone.

"Words just aren't sufficient to express the horror."

"There is a lot of anger how can this happen why would God let this happen and where is God, and it's normal."

At Downtown United Presbyterian Church on North Fitzhugh Street in Rochester, the bell rang at the same moment as bells at some 100,000 other congregations across the nation.

Pastor Deborah Roof knows nothing will fix this, but that together we can heal.

"Our God is so big that God can handle it and I think people have a hard time with is that they don't think that, they don't think it is okay to get angry at God, and it's absolutely okay and it is absolutely normal. This is absolutely tragic on all levels and I listen until the anger is also joined with sadness."

And for Pastor Roof-the bell here rang not 26 times, but 28.

"I believe that God wept for 28 victims, and so I think that is the prophetic word, victim... 28."

She knows not all will agree, to each his own, but that we all need to count our blessings.

"Take an inventory. Life is just so fragile, we take it for granted. The Bible says that God is in our very breath which means God is not very far from us as long as we are breathing and to be intentional and take a moment."

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