Remember when we could burn autumn leaves?
Remember when we could smell burning autumn leaves?
Remember when would roll in autumn leaves?
Now we still revel in the color of autumn leaves.
And then there is a story which tells of a leaf named Freddie.
The circle and seasons of life continue.
For those who have succumbed to COVID their autumn has passed, as have them.
God’s healing hand
To our brothers and sisters who have contracted
and are suffering due to the Coronavirus Disease,
we pray that God’s healing hand may rest upon you.
To medical doctors, nurses and the supporting staff
who are in the frontline of the fight against COVID-19,
may the Good Lord sustain you and inspire you
to render your life-saving services with due care, love and compassion.
To all those who have lost their loved ones due to the Coronavirus outbreak,
we convey our deepest sympathies.
We pray that their souls, through God’s mercy, may rest in eternal peace.
We pray that God may grant all bereaved families his consolation and strengthen their faith and hope in Jesus Christ, the Risen Lord.
Prayer adapted from the 2020 Easter Message of the Catholic Bishops of Malawi, Zambia and Zimbabwe