25th Annual Good Friday Vigil & Service of Hope, to end the use of the Death Penalty
For 24 years, groups that work for alternatives to the death penalty have gathered for a Good Friday Vigil on the grounds of the South Dakota Penitentiary in opposition to the death penalty.
This year on Friday, April 15, advocates will gather from noon to 1pm, near the flagpole by the east side parking lot, to offer prayers for the end of the death penalty in South Dakota. Prayers will be offered for both those who are victims and for those who commit the crimes. A homily will be shared by Deacon Denny Davis, Director of South Dakotans for Alternatives to the Death Penalty. A number of denominations and faiths have positions against the death penalty.
The public is invited to pray, sing, and hear messages of hope in this interfaith service. An opportunity will be offered for those wishing to sign a “Declaration of Life.”