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Utah churches are responding to President Clinton's declaration of Sunday as a national day of mourning for those involved in the bombing of the Alfred Murrah Federal Building in Oklahoma City.

The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints issued the following statement:"President Clinton has declared Sunday, April 23, as a national day of mourning in behalf of the victims of the tragic bombing in Oklahoma City. We ask that members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints throughout the nation remember in their personal prayers, as well as in their worship services on Sunday, all who have suffered as a result of this tragedy. We pray that peace and healing may come to the survivors and to the families and loved ones of all of the victims."

In declaring the national day of mourning, Clinton said he and his wife, Hillary, would attend a memorial service in Oklahoma City for the victims that day.

Hillary Clinton said some Cabinet secretaries of agencies with offices at the bombed building were expected to attend as well.

Utah congregations also planned special services.

"While this act was evil beyond rational description, and while those bereaved will be in shock and anger for a very long time to come, it might seem that the only safety any of us knows is the safety we find in Jesus Christ," said the Rt. Rev. George E. Bates, bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Utah.

"Episcopalians throughout Utah have been holding in their prayers all the people of Oklahoma City since the first news of this overwhelming tragedy," he added. "We will continue to do so because the real ordeal, that of healing, is just beginning."

Services will be held at St. Paul's

Episcopal Church, 261 S. 900 East, at 10 a.m. The public is invited.

The Catholic Diocese of Salt Lake City will hold a special Sunday mass at the Cathedral of the Madeleine, 331 E. South Temple, at 8:30 a.m. and again at 11 a.m. The mass will be televised.

"We will be praying along with everyone else in the country," said Julie Anderson, director of communications for the diocese.

"Each local church has entered all the victims' names in the intercessionary mass," she added.

"I would assume and hope that everyone would (observe this day)," said Rev. Roger Anderson of the Salt Lake Ministerial Association. "It just makes sense. We are all affected."

Our Saviour's Lutheran Church, 2500 E. 3900 South, will hold services at 7:45 a.m., 9 a.m. and 11:15 a.m.