"We have never seen as midnight an hour as we face this coming week," said Ellis, alluding to Congress' imminent decision on whether to offer Detroit's major carmakers enough financial assistance to stay afloat. "I don't know what's going to happen, but we need prayer. When it's all said and done, we're all in this thing together."
The city's Roman Catholic churches got in on the act, distributing a four-page letter from Cardinal Adam Maida offering advice on how to celebrate the Christmas season while facing the tough economic conditions. "Things in Michigan will probably never be the same," wrote Maida. "[But] at this darkest time of the year, we proclaim that Christ is our light and Christ is our hope." [nytimes.com, 12/7/08]