BALTIMORE (WJZ) — On this Palm Sunday, there were many blessings for Baltimore. A collection of churches gathered at City Hall to pray for the city at the start of Holy Week.

As Gigi Barnett reports, they touched on many topics.

There’s a saying: “When the prayers go up, the blessings come down.” That’s the hope of a collection of churches as they gathered this Palm Sunday to pray for blessings in Baltimore.

“We’re here to pray for the city, and certainly Baltimore needs our prayers,” said Helen Anderson, a member of St. James Episcopal Church.

No topic went untouched. Just at the entrance of City Hall, they prayed for the homeless, the unemployed and for the city’s crime rate.

It’s the 11th year of the ecumenical event.

“Anybody who has a praying spirit within them, they’re invited to join us and to lift up prayers,” said Rev. Dr. Allen Robinson, St. James Episcopal Church.

One of the major topics of prayer this weekend are Baltimore City schools. Over the next decade, the city plans to spend more than $1 billion upgrading its school buildings.

“We know how transformational one school is, think about 15 brand new schools and 35 fully renovated,” Mayor Rawlings-Blake said. “We have a lot to be optimistic about in Baltimore, and it’s worth coming out and saying thank you.”

More than eight churches participated in the Palm Sunday prayer.

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