When the Episcopal Diocese of L.A. first offered the service in 1985, the names of many claimed by the disease were recited. Today the focus is less on grieving the dead and more on helping the living.
On a dreary recent Sunday afternoon, a reader stood at the altar of an Episcopal church in Los Angeles and offered the congregation's intercessions, or prayers, to God. There were appeals for wisdom and for strength. Then she paused and asked the crowd to say aloud the names of those they knew, dead or living, who had AIDS or HIV.
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