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Afternoon ceremony remembers Mississippi nuns

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DURANT, Miss. -

In the hours before a wake for two nuns killed in their Mississippi home, a few members of their orders gathered at the house where they lived and died.
    
Along with some members of Sister Paula Merrill's family, they prayed outside the house, then went inside.
    
Sister Susan Gatz, president of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, says Sister Margaret Held had baked bread for a prayer service that had been scheduled Thursday, the day her body and that of Sister Paula Merrill were found.
    
She said the loaf was split between The School Sisters of St. Francis, to which Held belonged, and Merrill's order, the Sisters of Charity. She says it will be eaten as part of a celebration of the two women's lives and work.
    
A wake Sunday evening was scheduled at St. Thomas Church in Lexington where the nuns led Bible study.

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