More than 2,000 people are expected to attend the celebration that kicks
off at the pier at 3 p.m. with the release of doves, "a symbol of prayers
rising to heaven," he said.
As the birds fly away, leaders from the three major faiths will offer a
call to prayer according to their own traditions -- a Christian will ring
a bell, a Jew will blow a ram's horn and a Muslim will chant, he said.
The calls are meant to welcome all the faiths, about 20, who will be
represented, he said.
The crowd also will join in song accompanied by more than 10 choirs and
bands. Among the performers are a 14-member Scottish bagpipe ensemble, a
Jewish Klezmer band and an American Indian flutist and guitarist.
As the sun sets, a lone bagpipe will play "Amazing Grace."Then anyone who
donates $2 will receive a flashlight in the shape of a candle, "symbolic
of prayer lighting our way into the new century," he said. With
flashlights in hand, they will walk to the pier's end and back creating a
procession of light.
For more information, call Sts. Simon and Jude Church at 570-6477 or The
Church of Religious Science at 596-0900.