Nightwatch 2012

Ninety-five young people, 35 adults, four mission sites, two volunteer caterers, and one Cathedral — that’s the recipe for Nightwatch 2012.  Youth from 7th through 12th grades gathered on Sunday, January 15, to take part in the annual overnight celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. and the connections between faith and justice.  After building a cardboard cathedral and racing around for “Cathedral Commando” (a combination of hide-n-seek and flashlight tag), all shared in a late-night liturgy centered around teenage activists for justice, listening to the story of an undocumented student and his struggle to remain in the United States and work for the rights of others. Bishop Marc led a responsive reflection and celebrated the Eucharist as Sunday drew towards midnight. After a night sleeping on the cathedral floor, the crowd joined in the Martin Luther King Jr. Parade on Monday morning, singing and carrying banners, and then dispersed to four different mission projects in San Francisco. Kids gardened at the Tenderloin YMCA, delivered groceries at City Impact, painted an 11-block sidewalk mural for safe kids, and helped to complete a painting project at St. Cyprian’s Episcopal Church.

We celebrate our youth and give thanks for their energy, joy, and spiritual growth through Nightwatch, and with them we can chant Proverbs 31:8-9:

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves;
ensure justice for those being crushed.
Yes, speak up for the poor and helpless,
and see that they get justice.






photos: Teresita Valeriano