Moments of Blessing is a program of Associated Ministries designed to reclaim spaces where homicides have occurred.
Associated Ministries conducts a blessing on the site of nearly every homicide in Pierce County.
We have conducted over 360 of these services since the first service in honor of Dexter Villa. People of faith go to each site where there has been a murder so that, through readings, prayers, and personal story-telling and reflections we can reclaim that space for what God intended: life.
The brief prayer service is designed to offer support to the victim’s family, friends, and the neighboring community while helping to bring closure to the traumatic event. The service includes shared prayer, brief readings, and a sprinkling rite. Family, friends and neighbors are invited to share their memories and reflections.
The Moments of Blessing are public events. Participating clergy are asked to vest to help provide a visible presence of the faith community. The site is marked by bamboo poles carrying orange (gunshot victims), purple (domestic violence homicide), yellow (homicide of a child) and red (all other homicides) ribbons. Each ribbon bears the name of a victim memorialized by a Moment of Blessing.