People listen to gospel music being sung during a vigil outside Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, June 20, 2015. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri
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Members of a historic black church in the U.S. will return to their sanctuary Sunday and worship less than a week after a white gunman killed nine people there, and similar sermons of recovery and healing will reverberate throughout the country.The church pastor, the Rev. Clementa Pinckney, who was also a state senator, was among the dead.Church leaders will try to address the heavy psychological burdens parishioners bring with them.Erdos was planning on attending Sunday service in nearby Mount Pleasant.Unity Church of Charleston the Rev. Ed Kosak said delivering Sunday morning's sermon would be emotionally taxing but he felt empowered by the strength and grace Emanuel members have shown -- a demeanor he said has set the tone for religious leaders everywhere.For the family of Cynthia Hurd, Sunday's service will be especially poignant.Washington said he expected a tearful, emotionally charged gathering.
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