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St. Patrick Catholic High School in Harrison County held a special service Thursday to ask for God's blessings for the Boston bombing victims and the country. St. Patrick Catholic High School in Harrison County held a special service Thursday to ask for God's blessings for the Boston bombing victims and the country.
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As the nation continues to mourn after the deadly terrorist attack in Boston, some coast students' prayers are helping to bring calm to the chaos. St. Patrick Catholic High School in Harrison County held a special service to ask for God's blessings for the bombing victims and the country. 

Usually St. Patrick students go to Mass on Thursdays, but this week teachers and administrators decided to do something different. The school held a "Heal Our Nation" prayer service.

With heavy hearts, students lifted up the Boston bombing victims in prayer.

"That's your brothers and sisters up there, so you hate to see that happen," Connor Ladner said. "But I feel like it will make us stronger as a nation."

Students said the prayer service gave them comfort during a time of fear and uncertainty.

"So many people are scared, and it's kind of a calm to the chaos," said J.R. Riojas, a student. "It helps people continue and strengthen their belief in God and He will help us through this."

Students said their prayer is also one of gratitude since their principal Renee McDaniel was that the marathon, but not hurt.

"I had to reflect over the last few days," McDaniel said. "I just came back from Boston. I was one block from the explosion when it happened. My husband was running the race. At that time you wanted to create some sense of security and safeness. Once I came back to school, I thought we need to come together just to pray." 

The students say this tragedy has taught them they should always make time for God.

"Being a teenager, you get caught up. You don't think about it. About praying for our country and our nation," Samantha Williams said. "It's good that we got to set aside 30 minutes today just to do that. Coming together is such a powerful thing because we're all here for the same thing."

The prayers were also for those killed and injured in the Texas fertilizer plant explosion.

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