Following are remarks by D.C. Mayor Marion Barry to supporters at the Reeves Municipal Center yesterday:

Amazing grace, how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me. I once was lost, but now I'm found . . . . blind, but now I see."

You all recognize those words from that ageless hymn that brought so many of our ancestors, our forefathers and foremothers through pain to blessed redemption. By God's amazing grace, I'm able to stand here this afternoon with a thankful heart, a mind at peace, and a spirit full of love and healing. By God's everlasting love, I've made it to this day.

I want to thank the Almighty and Majestic God for His mercy and His grace. And believe me, God is able. God is able.

I would like to acknowledge the presence of a lady who some 54 years ago went through nine months of pain and suffering and birthed me into this world, my mother, Mattie Cummings.

My wife of 12 years, Effi Barry.

My good friend, political adviser, campaign manager, assistant defense attorney, Anita Bonds.

One of America's greatest defense attorneys, Ken Mundy.

The outstanding D.C. government team, Carol Thompson, Maudine Cooper, my entire cabinet.

To one of our newest youth mayors, Tamara Wilds, and her mother, a friend of mine for 20 years, Cora Wilds. She just got sworn in on Friday. She's one of our two youth mayors. Give her a round of applause.

One who has {inaudible} and been a liaison, and sometimes a ramrod between me and the media, my press secretary, Lurma Rackley.

Several ministers who are here -- will you all stand, you ministers who have been just -- Bishop Long, and Reverend Parker, Reverend Wilson, Reverend Durant, Reverend Sparrow, Reverend Hamilton, Minister Muhammad. Give them a round of applause also.

On January 21st of this year, God gave me the courage to take his hand. Let me just say it was not my arrest that led me to the painful decision to go away to try to heal my mind, body and soul. But it was to face reality. I could have taken another path. There's no shame and disgrace in being addicted to anything. The shame and disgrace is not making the decision to seek help.

I could have continued down the road of pain and suffering and my own personal destruction that many people have chosen. I could have continued to believe I could handle my problems by myself. I could have believed that I was bigger and badder than anything in this world, and was not powerless over anything.

But the quiet voice of God whispered to me, take my hand, lead me on, and let me stand. To be able to take that giant step towards healing because of the strength that God gave me, and the power and love and prayers of you in this community. I am sincerely and honestly appreciative and yet humbled by your heartfelt prayers, your faith, and for that I am deeply appreciative. Thank you so much for that.

During that critical period -- and we all go through some misfortunes in life, we all have some dark moments in life, don't we? We all have some rain as opposed to sunshine. We also have some valleys as opposed to the mountaintops. But during that period, at the darkest moment, is when you start thinking about your past, about your background.

So I thought about my early childhood, my days growing up in a segregated city of Mississippi, my days as a leader in the civil rights movement, my years in public service on the school board, city council. I thought about those awful investigations that have been going on for some nine years where Effi and I weren't sure that our phones were tapped or not tapped, our bank accounts looked at. I thought about my service as mayor.

I realized that I had spent so much time trying to do so much for many of you I had ignored major parts of myself. I had to come face to face with the fact that I had begun to, began to lose my way.

I had violated many of the very personal values I set for myself, going against my own grain, my religious upbringing and my mother's teaching. I was behaving in a way that was not in keeping with the vows I had made to my wife, not in keeping with God expecting me to be.

I've asked my God for his forgiveness, and I felt His merciful presence by my side during this long ordeal.

That's why, even though this has been one of the most painful and stressful episodes of my life, I've been able to maintain an even keel, been able to hold my head high, and to feel good about myself, been able to push away the feelings of hate, of resentment against other persons. For we all are God's children, all brothers and sisters in His sight.

Although this is very personal, I want to share it with you, because so many of you showed me compassion when my private and personal life was paraded before the world. A lot of us pained. Nobody was any more pained than me. Nobody suffered any more disappointments and shame than me, but some joy.

But there was one person who had to see it all. But understood it all. I've asked my wife for forgiveness, and she has granted it. Thank you, Effi, so much.

She has my everlasting gratitude for standing by my side. She has been an excellent example of an African American who understands tradition when it's brought us this far. Again, thank you, Effi, so much.

To my son, who's not here -- he's in North Carolina, we talked to him last night. He said, 'Dad, I'm so glad it's all over, but I love you so much.' I'm appreciative of his support, understanding.

Also I ask all of you, young or old, black or white, Jew or gentile, rich or poor, Northwest or Northeast and Southeast and Southwest, Ward 3 or Ward 8, I ask you to forgive me for any hurt I may have caused.

I'm hoping that any of you who still harbor resentments and vengeance can let go. Let go of the past. Let go of the hate. I'm praying that my strongest supporters can join hands with my greatest detractors, and lay our burdens down. Lay our burdens down. My vision for our future, we all come together to begin to heal ourselves and our city.

There's nobody who loves Washington any more than me, whether you live in Southeast or Southwest, Georgetown or Deanwood, Brookland or Southeast, Adams-Morgan or Washington Highlands, Lincoln or Kenilworth, Cleveland Park or Shaw, Palisades, we all must come together under God's eyesight. We must lay our burdens down, forget about racism and sexism. Forget about the deep pains that we are suffering. Now is the time to look ahead.

I know my trial has helped to expose deep divisions and racism in our community that are reflective of what is happening around the nation. But I believe that Washington, D.C., can be a model to the world of how people of divergent beliefs and opinions, of various races and religions can work together for the good of all. Now is the time for healing.

Just as I have talked about my own personal conduct, I call on the United States government too to join me in this healing.

Just as I have examined my conduct and changed my outlook, the United States government must examine its conduct to see if it's been in keeping with its responsibility {inaudible} balance.

The United States government must realize we are a democracy of the people, by the people and for the people, that American citizens should not have to walk around in fear that their constitutional rights and civil liberties are being eroded and trampled, and Big Brother is all-powerful and all-knowing.

Therefore, I call on our leadership of this nation and our government to work together to guard our rights and insist that the government guard against a tendency to overreach in its zeal and its zest just to make a point.

I believe that the conscientious men and women who served on the jury explored this concern. Let's not forget that these are human beings too, on the jury, have their own emotions, their own feelings about this. No matter what their opinions were, they put forth great sacrifice and great work. And they have spoken. Let their judgment be our last judgment.

I could go no further without saying how deeply appreciative I am of Ken Mundy, my attorney.

Even though there's a possibility of further legal action, I'm relieved that this trial is over. I now call on every single person, institution in this community to help us to heal. This includes the media.

You too have a responsibility to help this community to heal. I say to the media, enough is enough. Enough is enough.

You, too, in the media need to learn that negative energy hurts. It does not heal. We have been put to too much by the media, overexposing, over-reporting, overreacting in their zeal and zest to grab headlines and get ratings.

We have built our city too much to let anybody tear it down.

We say to members of the media, you can choose to continue your focus on negatives, or you can join us in finding things to celebrate about Washington. You can continue to push your negative opinions, or you can seek to give a balanced coverage that is both fair and accurate.

Media, opinion writers, editorial writers, reporters, producers, this too is your city. Join us in healing our great city.

I want to take the time to thank the people in the recovery community who have extended their hands from all around the city and the nation. Those of us who are in the recovery community know how difficult this disease is. It's no respecter of race, class, status or educational attainment. It affects us all, some 25 million Americans that I know about.

I'm sure you will join me in sounding a call to others who are paining and suffering. As I speak this very moment, there are millions of Americans who are miserable, who are addicted to the greatest drug of all -- alcohol -- illegal drugs, or prescription drugs. I say to them, there is a way. You can give up your misery and your suffering and your pain. Find a higher power and end the suffering, end the pain. It can happen if you only let God do it.

I hope that my experience has been a beacon of hope, a beacon of light that I've gone through, that can show you, a recovery community, that with strength, courage and belief in a higher power, you'll turn to solutions for mood-altering chemicals. You don't have to look for the answer somewhere else.

Also a special thanks to the ministers, members of the religious community who have prayed with me. We have people who understand that all of us fall short in the glory of God. Thank you so much for your leadership as we seek to heal our city.

If our city is to heal, we must forget about this trial, stop talking about the pros and cons of it, the rightness and wrongs of it. I say to all of us, let go, let God. Let go, let go, let go and heal.

Finally, it's in the Bible, judge not and you shall not be judged. Condemn not and you shall not be condemned. Forgive and you shall be forgiven. Thank you and God bless you.

Following are remarks by Barry's defense attorney, R. Kenneth Mundy:

Thank you very much.

Because it's so warm in here, I'm sure everyone will appreciate that my remarks will be very, very brief. While it may be the natural tendency on occasions such as these to want to bask in the semi-afterglow of yesterday's verdict, I say that as responsible members of the District of Columbia community, and to the extent that the trial reached beyond the District of Columbia, as citizens of the greater community, we must now seize the opportunity in the lull and the quiet and the aftermath that has been left since the trial, and bind the lacerations and ease the scars that were left.

It is more becoming now for all sides to strive to bind these wounds. It is better now that all of us -- and I say this sincerely -- that we speak in soft and conciliatory terms. It is a time for damage control.

To members of the press and to the news media, what Mr. Barry and what I say here today might not sell as many newspapers and it might not make for sensational news. But the point that I want to make is that we ask you to join us in being responsible. Do not rekindle the fires between the U.S. Attorney's Office and the defense. Do not refresh the coals in the long 10 weeks of agony that we've been put through.

It is time for each side to extend the olive branch rather than to throw down the gauntlet. And in this regard, the press can play a very responsible and an adult role. It is not sensational news what we might be saying over the next few weeks. It is not our effort nor our intent at this time or at any time to assail, to perpetuate the battle. We are more interested now in trying to replenish and regroup for both sides to undo the harm that it has done the community, or that has been done to the community, in this long trial. It is not time to reload guns, or to prepare for further combat.

I would ask all of you to join with me in trying to maintain a quiet poise, and very, very careful deliberation about all of the things that might be said in the next several weeks concerning the trial.

This is not a speech intended to bring out the savage or to bring out anyone's hostile feelings. We are trying simply to say to the government that there is a time when both sides must step back from the battle lines that were drawn. It is not cowardly to do so. It simply shows a greater and a deeper concern for the common good.

I would ask the government to be measured and careful in its thought about whether it wants to inflict further upon this community a retrial or a regurgitation of all that we've been through this winter of 10 weeks' proceedings.

I ask the government to bear in mind that it owes a responsibility too to the citizenry. It owes a responsibility to awaken to the fact that sometimes it is better to step back, to reflect, and to rebuild. And we are going to be about this business for the next several weeks, whatever the mayor's other plans are.

We are going not to hurl the first stone. We stand, as I've said, ready to release the dove of peace or, if necessary, to rearm our arsenal of war.

It is far better for us, it is far better for the city, it is far better for all concerned if we can sit down and calmly try to sort out all of the problems and really get back to the business which brings us all together, living, thriving, cooperating and being together as citizens of the District of Columbia. Thank you very much.

Following are remarks from the mayor's wife, Effi Barry:

There is very little that I could say that would add much more to the moment. This is a time of deep reflection for all of us. This is a time of great introspection. This is a time for prayerful humility.

It is human to err. It is divine to forgive.

Final remarks from Barry:

Finally, let me thank all of you for coming. I'm not going to take any questions from the media. But I want to thank all of you. I wish I could just walk among you and be among you, but that's rather difficult with all the crowd in here, and we are uptown at the Reeves Center, one of our cornerstones and crowning glory of this administration, right in the heart of our uptown part of our community. So if I have to leave out this way, I hope all of you will really forgive me. I thank you for your love, thank you for your prayers, thank you for your faith, thank you for being steadfast, and God bless you.