Responding to Coronavirus
by Chris Herman
Dear Fellow Volunteers and Supporters of St. Lazarus Mission,
The grace and strength of Almighty God be with you, and may He watch over and protect you and all you love through this trying time.
St. Lazarus Mission is in the midst of what is for us and our parishioners a time unlike all others. As you likely know, substantially all of our parishioners are cut off from the outside world. Nevertheless, Inside each of these four nursing home facilities is a living, vibrant, local Christian congregation who lives with purpose — love of God and neighbor.
Our parish members are among the most highly vulnerable people to the COVID-19 virus. Their neighbors are also highly vulnerable. In addition, the staff, many of whom have turned to us in past times of trouble, are under a great deal of stress.
Therefore, I want to let you know what we are doing in our circumstances, and to also ask you to participate in these efforts in this great time of need:
I URGE you with every bit of emphasis possible, please join us in PRAYER. I cannot emphasize this need enough.
This prayer could perhaps be helpful:
O LORD, we beseech you favorably to hear the prayers of your people; that we, who are justly punished for our offences, may be mercifully delivered by thy goodness; Grant us as a nation. That you from your boundless mercy would forgive us all our sins and grant us the grace of true repentance,That you would graciously intervene to stop the spread of this plague,That you would watch over and protect the most vulnerable, especially those of St. Lazarus Mission,That you would kindly heal those who are already sick,That you would protect from infection all those who mercifully minister to the sick,That you would use us, your people, as agents of your love and compassion,And that you would draw all men to yourself through the saving power of Jesus Christ crucified, for the glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Savior, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Ghost ever, one God, world without end. Amen.
We are handwriting cards and sending a pastoral letter to each regular attendee. We encourage you to do so as well.
Know also, Dear Ones, you are always in our prayers. We love and appreciate you!
For the Widows,
March 17, 2020
December 15, 2017