Columbia Crew Was of 7 Different Faiths

In Lufkin, Texas, the rector of St. Cyprian's included a dedicated Eucharist for the astronauts and their families in his Sunday service. The Collect for Burial was read from the Book of Common Prayer, and in many churches, the names of the astronauts were included in the Prayers of the People.

To commemorate the crew, a retired Episcopal priest, the Rev. Vincent Uher, wrote a special new verse to the hymn "Eternal Father, strong to save," often known as the Navy Hymn. Uher said that he used the passage in Isaiah that President Bush quoted and also the poem that President Reagan quoted after the Challenger disaster.

"O God who names the starry host and by whose love not one is lost, who stretched thy arms wide to the sky from cross to heav'n so death would die Oh care for those who traversed space, Embrace them now who touch thy face."

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