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Tara Lepper and some coworkers were at the nursing station, working and praying.
Their computer tuned to a livestream on the Diocese of Jefferson City’s Facebook page, where Bishop W. Shawn McKnight, two priests and two laypeople were praying the Luminous Mysteries of the Rosary for an end to the coronavirus pandemic.
“It was a good opportunity to join with others in faith and pray for everyone to be safe and healthy,” said Mrs. Lepper, a registered nurse on the Capital Region Medical Center Neurology Clinic staff.
It was March 25, the Solemnity of the Annunciation.
The bishop noted that all Christian prayer is to God through Jesus, “but as we do with one another, we also ask for others to help us in our prayer. In this case, we are asking Jesus’s mother to pray with us and for us.”
“Today, we gather to pray for all those who are suffering, those who are ill, those who take care of them, especially the healthcare workers, some of whom are placing their lives in danger,” said Bishop McKnight.
“And we also remember to pray for those who have died,” he said.
The bishop closed by leading the Prayer to the Immaculate Heart of Mary for Protection from the Coronavirus.