During this time of social distancing and quarantine, we are not able to come together to support those who mourn the loss of their loved ones in the manner of our various faith traditions. When we will be able to do this is not yet known.
For now, we as the St. John’s University community can share in virtual Interfaith Memorial Service to pray for all who have passed during this COVID-19 pandemic. We will also keep in our prayers all of the health-care professionals and other essential workers who risk their lives.
From the Jewish tradition: “May God comfort you among the other mourners of Zion and Jerusalem.” —Jewish condolence etiquette during Shiva
From the Islamic tradition: “I pray the love of Allah enfolds you during your difficult times and He helps you heal with the passage of time.” —Islamic condolence etiquette
From the Catholic/Christian tradition: “We must open our hearts so that they become responsive to the sufferings and miseries of our neighbor. We should pray to God to give us a true spirit of mercy, which is in truth the spirit of God.” —St. Vincent de Paul
To those who have lost loved ones: we share your loss, you remain in our prayers, they will not be forgotten.