Invitation to prayer at 3pm EDT on Tuesday, March 31 for Canada and Canadians in the time of COVID-19

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March 31, 2020

Prayer Invitation
Tuesday, March 31, 2020
3 pm ET / 12 pm PT
for Canada and Canadians in the time of COVID-19

 
Press release from the Archdiocese of Ottawa:
Many people are feeling the need of spiritual support in the trying circumstances of the isolation, fear and concerns of Canadians facing health, emotional and economic consequences from the arrival in our country of the novel Corona Virus.
Religious leaders and all Canadians across this land are invited to join in prayer for those suffering from COVID-19 as well as for health care workers and those working to find a cure for the Corona Virus.
Rabbi Reuven Bulka and Archbishop Terrence Prendergast collaborated on preparing a prayer that could be recited in common by groups or individually across the country.
The time they propose for recitation of the prayer is Tuesday, March 31, 2020 at 3PM Eastern Daylight Savings Time and at the corresponding time in the various time zones from Newfoundland and Labrador to British Columbia, from coast to coast to coast.
The rabbi and the archbishop are approaching all Canadian and all religious leaders to invite their participation. The prayer—available in English and French—is attached.
You may contact Rabbi Reuven Bulka at 613-227-1872 and rabbibulka@cmhottawa.com. You may contact Archbishop Terrence Prendergast through Robert Du Broy at the coordinates below.
Media Contact: Robert Du Broy, Director of Communications, 613-738-5025, ext. 238, 819-593-6377 (mobile), rdubroy@archottawa.ca
 

NATIONAL PRAYER FOR CANADA IN THE WAKE OF COVID–19

Composed by Rabbi Dr. Reuven P. Bulka & Archbishop Terrence Prendergast
 
O God, We gather together separated by life-saving distancing, but united more than ever in spirit;
We know we are in a war against COVID - 19 together, and the more together we are, the better and stronger we will emerge:
We know the challenges are enormous, yet so are the opportunities;
That whether we are in isolation with loved ones, or alone, we will have abundance of time;
We commit to using that time to the max, to help those in greater need in whatever way we can;
We know we all have the opportunity, and time, to be life savers and life enhancers;
We give thanks for those who are on the front line taking care of those who are not well;
We give thanks for the researchers who are working at breakneck speed to find cure and vaccine;
We give thanks for our leaders, federal, provincial and local, for their dedication to all of us;
We give thanks for the providers of our daily needs who go to work in spite of the risk;
We give thanks for those who have ramped up their ability to produce life-saving supplies.
We pray for the well-being of all our life savers;
For those who are not well, that they recover fully;
For those enduring difficulty, that they may overcome their challenges.
We pray that a cure and vaccine will soon be available,
And that we all – family, friends, all Canadians, the entire world may be healed in body and spirit.
We ask you, O God, to bless our leaders, our front line care givers, our life savers and life enhancers.
We ask you, O God, to bless Canada, to bless the world, to bless everyone.
Amen.