New Yorkers remember and pray for Boston Marathon victims

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NEW YORK (PIX11)- It was a standing room only at St. Patrick’s Cathedral.

The message at Sunday mass was peace for those victims of the Boston Marathon bombing.

After communion, parishioners walked away feeling much better, “We prayed for the victims asked god to keep them, it was heartfelt.”

Prayers for Boston continued from Midtown to Harlem.

At the Canaan Baptist Church of Christ Rev. Dr. Thomas D. Johnson Sr. told congregants to never forget, “We are remembering those lives lost taken in a senseless act of violence of terrorism during a historical event the Boston Marathon.”

But the words of encouragement go deeper.

Rev. Johnson criticized congress for failing to pass gun control laws, “It is unbelievable how congress could not come together to control guns so our communities can be safe.”