Religion: Emporia Prays

At 11:50 one morning during Holy Week the air-raid siren in Emporia, Kans. blared. A customer in Granger's Ready-to-Wear store said, "Oh, that prayer whistle"; a clerk clasped an Easter bonnet like a prayer book, bowed her head. Outside, car drivers pulled over to the curb. In a nearby pool hall the click of billiard balls stopped as the players stood self-consciously silent.

All during Lent, urged on by the town's 30 churches (membership: 6,500), Emporia's wartime siren had called townsmen to a daily "Sweet Minute of Prayer" for "a just and lasting peace." At first, the siren had been heeded chiefly...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!