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Religious leaders in Jerusalem offer joint prayer for end of coronavirus

Religious leaders in Jerusalem offer joint prayer for end of coronavirus

Church in Jerusalem Old Town. Photo: Albin Hillert/WCC

24 April 2020

In their own liturgical language — including Hebrew, Arabic and English — the chief rabbis along with Muslim and Christian leaders came together on the balcony of the King David Hotel overlooking the Old City.

“Hundreds of thousands died, millions have fallen sick. Save, we beseech thee, O Lord. We entreat thee, O Lord, send prosperity!  Send complete recovery to the sick, avert the plague from your world,” they prayed.

“Please — God, you who have nourished us in famine and provided us with plenty, you have removed us from pestilence, and freed us from severe and long-lasting disease — Help us.”

The prayer was led by Rabbis Yitzhak Yosef and David Lau, the Sephardi and Ashkenazi chief rabbis, Greek Orthodox Patriarch of Jerusalem His Beatitude Theophilos III; Latin Patriarch His Excellency Archbishop Pierbattista Pizzaballa; Imam Sheikh Gamal el Ubra; Imam Sheikh Agel Al-Atrash; and Druze spiritual leader Sheikh Mowafaq Tarif.

The three-minute event was livestreamed.

Video of a prayer

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