National Council of Churches to hold virtual Ecumenical Memorial Service on May 24 to mourn the lives lost to COVID-19
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry to join other faith leaders
in remembering those who have died in global pandemic
The National Council of Churches will hold a public online memorial service on Sunday, May 24, at 6:00 p.m. to mourn the more than 300,000 people worldwide who have lost their lives to the COVID-19 pandemic, more than 90,000 of whom were in the United States. The National Council of Churches is comprised of 38 member communions ranging from mainline Protestant to historic African American and Orthodox churches.
This service, A Time to Mourn: An Ecumenical Memorial Service for Lives Lost to COVID-19, will be broadcast on YouTube and Facebook Live.
The memorial will include a sermon offered by Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. Many other clergy from a broad spectrum of Christian traditions, some of whom have been personally impacted by COVID-19, will offer prayers, readings and songs during the observance
The National Council of Churches planned the ceremony as a way for the country to join together to grieve the passing of family, friends, and even strangers we hear about in news reports. A list of names of those who have lost their lives to COVID-19 is being collected and will be scrolled during the service. Names may be added by