Good Friday– uniting people of faith in prayer.

Today is Good Friday, a time observed by Christians worldwide in remembrance of the death of Jesus.  It is a solemn and sacred time and marked with fasting and prayer.

 

Three crosses on a hill in memory of Good Friday!

This Good Friday there is a global movement for folks to unite in fasting and prayer for the end of the Corona Virus.  Last week at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints general conference, the church President Russel M. Nelson called for members of the church to fast and pray on Good Friday for the end of the coronavirus pandemic.

“For all whose health may permit, let us fast, pray, and unite our faith once again. Let us prayerfully plead for relief from this global pandemic. I invite all, including those not of our faith, to fast and pray on Good Friday, April 10, that the present pandemic may be controlled, caregivers protected, the economy strengthened, and life normalized.” -Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Russel M. Nelson.

A  a Facebook group was formed and hundreds of thousands of people from everywhere in the world have joined– including folks of all faiths– Jews, Hindus, Catholics, Coptics, Latter-day Saints, Sikhs, Muslims, Evangelical Christians, Wiccans, as well as folks with no religious affiliations.

Malaysian Muslims pray during Friday prayers at the National Mosque in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Friday, March 13, 2020. (AP Photo/Vincent Thian)

The Navajo Nation leaders have called for a day of prayer this weekend. In a press release sent to ABC4 News,  Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez, First Lady Phefelia Nez, Vice President Myron Lizer, and Second Lady Dottie Lizer issued a proclamation on Wednesday, declaring April 10-13, 2020, as “Navajo Nation Family Prayer Weekend,” in observance of Good Friday and Easter and to encourage families to pray together for family members, neighbors, health care workers, governing officials, and those who are sick, and the families who have lost loved ones due to COVID-19 on the Navajo Nation.

“For many of us, prayer is an important expression of faith, love, and hope. It is an act of worship, and it offers healing, guidance, and comfort. Through prayer, we find the strength to overcome challenges and heartache. Prayers reminds us that we are not alone and that we are all children of God, said Navajo Nation, Vice President Lizer.

“Also, we ask for everyone to continue to pray for our local health care providers, law enforcement, and first responders who are combating the virus at the front lines.” -Vice President Myron Lizer, Navajo Nation.

For this brief moment, people of many faiths are united in prayer.

To read the original article in its entirety go to: ABC4.com/coronavirus/community

 

 

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