Coon Rapids parish offering Holy Hour for coronavirus prayers

| March 11, 2020 | 0 Comments

Starting March 13 and continuing each Friday through April 3 Epiphany in Coon Rapids plans to offer a Holy Hour of prayer for those impacted by the coronavirus, which the World Health Organization declared March 11 is a global pandemic.

Prayers including a rosary, the Chaplet of Divine Mercy and exposition of the Blessed Sacrament will be offered for deliverance from the virus as well as “healing, protection for families and our country,” said Peggy Powell, a longtime volunteer in the parish’s perpetual adoration program.

Powell said she presented the idea to Epiphany’s pastor, Father Thomas Dufner, and he readily agreed.

People are invited to Epiphany for the 6 p.m. hour of prayer, which will be followed by the Stations of the Cross, Powell said. She also has contacted perpetual adoration coordinators around the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis, encouraging similar Holy Hours.

People can take precautions against the virus, turn to God and support one another, she said.

“It might be a consolation, to know people are praying and supporting one another,” she said. “We can pray for those who have died, or are sick, worried and anxious.”

More than 100,000 people around the world have contracted the virus that originated in China three months ago, and more than 4,000 have died. 

In Minnesota, health officials said March 11 that five presumptive cases of COVID-19 illness have been reported in the state: Two cases in Ramsey County and one case each in Carver, Anoka and Olmsted countes.

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