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Acting Queens BP to Host Virtual Interfaith Vigil to Honor COVID-19 Victims and Frontline Workers

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April 20, 2020 By Michael Dorgan

Queens elected officials and local religious figures from various faiths are coming together to host a virtual vigil Tuesday to honor residents who have died due to COVID-19 and the borough’s frontline and essential workers battling the pandemic.

The Queens Virtual Interfaith Vigil will be hosted by Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee on April 21, at 5 p.m. It will feature at least eleven religious leaders who will join together and pray for the victims and workers who continue to put their lives at risk by treating the sick or ensuring essential services remain operating.

Congresswoman Grace Meng, Queens District Attorney Melinda Katz,  New York Attorney General Letitia James are some of the names co-hosting the event.

State Senators Joseph Addabbo, Mike Gianaris Jessica Ramos as well as Council Members Costa Constantinides, Danny Dromm, Robert Holden and Francisco Moya are also listed as participants.

Confirmed speakers include:

  • – Imam Shamsi Ali of the Jamaica Muslim Center
  • – Reverend Dr. John Boyd, II of New Greater Bethel Ministries
  • – Father Joseph Fonti of The Church of St. Mel
  • – Pastor Ben Hur of Promise Church
  • – Dr. Neeta Jain of International Ahimsa Foundation, Inc.
  • – Rabbi Mark Kaiserman of The Reform Temple of Forest Hills
  • – Gurdev Singh Kang of the Sikh Cultural Society
  • – Father Mike Lopez of All Saints Priory Missionary Benedictines of the Poor
  • – Rabbi Yossi Mendelsohn of Congregation Machane Chodosh
  • – Dr. Uma Mysorekar of the Hindu Temple Society of North America
  • – Venerable Youwang Shih of the International Buddhist Progress Society

The borough president is asking attendees/viewers to RSVP by clicking on this link or by calling 718-286-2661.  For live broadcast information visit queensbp.org/interfaithvigal

More than 2,600 Queens residents have lost their lives to COVID-19 and close to 40,000 Queens residents have been infected with the virus since the outbreak began, according to the latest official figures.

 

email the author: news@queenspost.com

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LIC Direct

Sharon Lee as an interim Qns BP doing a better job than any of the other Qns BP in history,

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Charles

Would be nice if religious institutions also donated to charities from their own assets and started paying property taxes to help the city. Free funerals and traditional ceremonies such as marriages would also be nice to for free and should include gay, lesbian, and trans couples.

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Jamie

With so many people staying home please be careful lighting candles. The last thing we need are fire alarms and sprinklers going off or in the worst case scenario an actual house fire. Use battery operated lights or holiday lights.

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Gerry

What about praying for those waiting to get unemployment or are financially crippled do we not matter anymore?

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