The Franciscans invite people of faith around the United States to join in a national time of prayer and remembrance from May 29 to June 1 for the more than 100,000 people who have died from COVID-19.
Places of worship from many faiths are seeking to memorialize the dead during liturgies and religious services over the weekend, and invite local officials to call for lowering of flags, a moment of silence or the ringing of bells at noon on Monday, June 1 to acknowledge this grim pandemic milestone.
This initiative, which was initiated by the evangelical social justice organization Sojourners, has been endorsed by many religious groups.
“We will ask God to help heal our land with a moment of mourning and honoring those many who have died, often without their loved ones around them,” the call to lament and mourn states.
“Our lament will also honor hard truths we have learned during this pandemic: our suffering has been unequal, elders have been vulnerable and alone, black and brown neighbors have borne disproportionately both the brunt of sickness and death and having been drafted to the front lines of fighting this disease. Native communities, our land’s original caretakers, have been particularly hard hit— as they have been so many times in the past. Asian Americans have been targeted by hateful words and actions.”
Thank you for reaching out to your religious and civic leaders to encourage them to participate in this very necessary time of national mourning.