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TALKING PEACE ON BENDED KNEE ALL NIGHT LONG, SOMEONE PRAYED

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Six-year-old Meghan Davis of Greensboro says she understands what might happen in the Persian Gulf.

``They're going to have a war, and some of them are going to die,' Meghan said Friday night after leaving a half-hour service for peace at Our Lady of Grace Catholic Church on West Market Street.Meghan was among about 125 who gathered for the 8 p.m. service led by the Rev. Mark Lamprich. The church was open throughout the night for those wishing to pray for peace. An 8 a.m. Mass was planned today.

A rosary was to be said every hour throughout the night.

About 25 children attended the 8 p.m. service with their families. Elaine Hoover, a first-grade teacher at Our Lady of Grace Catholic School, said they all know the seriousness of what may happen.

``I was talking to a 6-year-old boy about peace the other day,' Hoover said. ``He said, 'I know there has to be a peaceful solution to this problem, and I don't know what it is and I think about it all the time.' A 6-year-old said that.

``I told him we can't do much about what's going on over there, but we can do our own little bit to bring peace to ourselves and our family. That's the way I feel. I can't do much to keep them from shooting, but I can teach peace in my classroom and in the way I go about my life.'

Pat Szafranski, a mother of two, said, ``There are tears at bedtime every night at our house. I didn't know what to do.'

Szafranski said bringing her children to the prayer vigil is a good way to show them that in a small way, they can help.

After a short address to those gathered at Friday's service, Lamprich concluded with a song. He asked for the hymn ``Let There Be Peace on Earth (And Let It Begin with Me).'

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