Tuesday, August 29, 2006

S.D. Catholic churches plan services tonight: Execution on for 9 p.m.

Frankly, I am quite surprised that the professional "Death Penalty Protestors" haven't flooded into South Dakota to protest their first execution in 59 years. Could it be that they don't protest the executions of caucasians?
But people protested and prayed for Timothy McVeigh.

Set your computers for 10:00 p.m. tonight and say a prayer for the repose of the soul of Elijah Page!

A prayer service has been planned at St. Joseph Cathedral in Sioux Falls tonight as the state prepares to execute Elijah Page. Page, 24, of Athens, Texas, ended his appeals and requested to be executed for his role in the 2000 torture slaying of Poage, 19, of Spearfish. A judge had sentenced Page and an accomplice to die for their crimes.

Locally, Catholics in Spearfish will gather at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church to pray for the victim, Chester Poage, and for the conversion of Elijah Page, the man who will die tonight for his role in Poage's murder.

Also in Sioux Falls, Vicar General Charles Cimpl will represent the Sioux Falls Catholic Diocese at an ecumenical service planned at East Side Lutheran Church.

Special services also are planned at Catholic churches in Aberdeen and Yankton before and during the scheduled execution.

In a release, the Sioux Falls Diocese says Catholics have been contacting Gov. Mike Rounds - a Catholic - and asking him to intercede and prevent the execution and if he will not, to explain to South Dakota citizens why Page's execution is an absolute necessity. Black Hills Pioneer

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul, and all the souls of the faithful departed, through the Mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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