Washington National Cathedral Sept. 11 events moved

The Kennedy Center will now host "The Concert for Hope." (Photo: Kevin H./Flickr)

Wednesday's crane accident at the Washington National Cathedral has forced several Sept. 11 commemorative events, including Sunday's "The Concert for Hope," to be moved, Cathedral officials announced Thursday morning.

The Sunday night event, which will feature an address from President Barack Obama, has been moved to the Kennedy Center.

"The safety of our visitors and the staff of the Cathedral is our top priority, and we will make no compromises when it comes to that responsibility," said Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III. "At the same time, we will not let obstacles put in our way stop us from fulfilling our mission as the spiritual home for the nation."

All confirmed tickets for Sunday's concert and the other events the Cathedral has scheduled for this weekend will be honored.

Sunday's Interfaith Prayer vigil has been moved to Washington Hebrew Congregation and the Saturday "Concert to Heal" has been postponed.

“Very shocked, very tragic, I think,” said visitor Emily Chen who saw the crane Thursday. “But I really hope everyone is okay.”

One construction worker was slightly injured Wednesday morning when a crane, which was being used to help with repairs after the Aug. 23 earthquake, collapsed on Cathedral grounds.

The National Cathedral itself was not damaged, but two other buildings on the grounds were slightly damaged.

Jenn Kaufman and others in the Cathedral Court condominiums across the street want to help. With repairs expected to be in the millions, they're holding a happy hour fundraiser Thursday from 6:30 to 8:30 at the nearby Cactus Cantina .

“We were just heartbroken,” Kaufman said.

The full new schedule is after the jump.

Friday, September 9, 2011—LOCATION: KENNEDY CENTER CONCERT HALL—"A Concert to Honor" featuring Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and a performance of the Brahms Requiem to honor the victims of 9/11 and survivors, their families, and emergency response personnel, as well as the nearly 6,000 fallen military service members whose lives have since been lost in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What: Address by military leaders and the Brahms Requiem performed by the Marine Chamber Orchestra and the United States Navy Band Sea Chanters with the Cathedral Choir
When: 7:30–9:30 pm

Saturday, September 10, 2011— POSTPONED—"A Concert to Heal" and Community Gathering Day
The Cathedral invites families to attend a free public concert featuring local artists and music encouraging interfaith understanding across cultures and generations to experience healing from loss and division. On this day, we recall the unity Americans felt in the face of the attacks on 9/11, and the common values that helped us become stronger as one nation and one people.

What: Performances by Sweet Honey in the Rock, Ocho de Bastos and other local artists

Sunday, September 11, 2011—Commemorating the tenth anniversary of September 11

The events of the tenth anniversary of September 11 will recognize our darkest moments, and through music, prayer, and conversation, offer hope. The capstone event of the Cathedral's commemorative weekend will take place on Sunday evening at "A Concert for Hope." The concert will feature words of wisdom, songs of hope, and messages of peace.


What: A vigil where participants of diverse faiths will pray together and mark the moments when airplanes struck the North and South Towers of the World Trade Center, hit the Pentagon, and crashed in Pennsylvania with the tolling of the largest bell in the Cathedral tower.
When: 8:30–10 am
Who: Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III; Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane; Rabbi Bruce Lustig, Washington Hebrew Congregation; Jetsün Khandro Rinpoche of Tibet, Buddhist nun and incarnate lama; Dr. D.C. Rao, a Hindu priest serving on the Board of Directors of the Inter Faith Conference; Imam Mohamed Magid, president of the Islamic Society of North America; and musician Humayun Khan

Forum on Compassion
What: Guided conversation on what people of faith share in common
When: 10:15–11 am
Who: Author Karen Armstrong, Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III

Commemorative Holy Eucharist
What: A commemorative celebration of Holy Eucharist
When: 11:15 am–12:30 pm
Who: Bishop of Washington John Bryson Chane, presider; Cathedral Dean Samuel T. Lloyd III, preacher; the Rev. Dr. Kathy J. Nelson, president, F.I.S.H. Foundation, Inc.

"A Concert for Hope"
What: A program of poetry, reading, reflections, and classical and popular music
When: 7:30–9 pm
Who: Speakers including President Barack Obama and performing artists, including Alan Jackson, Patti LaBelle, Denyce Graves and the Marine Chamber Orchestra