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Amid possibility of unrest, San Diego's oldest church calls upon the power of prayer

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Posted at 2:12 PM, Nov 03, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-03 17:33:21-05

SAN DIEGO (KGTV) - Amid fears of post-election unrest, parishioners at San Diego's oldest church are meeting the possibility of violence with prayer.

It's the morning of the election and Peggy Stolberg is hoping to cast a vote for peace — through prayer.

"It always seems like prayers are the answers to many things," said Stolberg.

Stolberg spent part of her morning in the sanctuary of the Mission San Diego de Alcala, her church for the last 35 years.

"I pray for the unity of our country. I'm also here to pray for non-violent situations after the results come out," said Stolberg.

Peggy is one of many — a few at a time — expected to show up by the end of the day, says Father Bill Springer.

"A little bit of anxiety," said Father Springer.

Father Springer believes this was the first-ever all-day prayer vigil for election peace in the history of the 251-year-old mission.

"We just felt there was a threat of violence around the election, because of the divisiveness of our society and previous violence in the streets," said Father Springer.

Father Springer says to combat that, he's calling upon the power of prayer.

"Aside from the efficacy of the prayer itself, it also alerts people and puts on their mind that this is something people should be concerned about ... and spread to their neighbors and others that they should have a spirit of peacefulness and spirit of respect for others," said Father Springer.