San José (Agenzia Fides) - The Bishops of Costa Rica invite all Catholics, Christians, believers and all people of good will to join tomorrow, Sunday 12 July, in a day of prayer for a series of intentions related to the situation that the country is experiencing due to the spread of the Covid-19 epidemic. They then invite the priests to choose the Roman Missal form "For different needs", "praying for the end of the pandemic" for mass.
In their letter the Bishops list the prayer intentions: for the recovery of Covid-19 patients in the country; for doctors, nurses and healthcare professionals, so they have the strength "to respond to the needs of the sick and their families"; for government authorities, so they know how to respond to the needs of the population in the health, economic and social fields; for the security and police forces, to "maintain order and social peace"; for farmers and producers in different areas, to keep hope in the adversities of the moment; for the eternal rest of all the dead, especially those who died due to Covid-19, and the comfort of their family members; for all citizens to respect health rules responsibly.
"In our churches, temples, places of worship and in the context of our families - they conclude -, let our supplication be raised to the eternal and merciful Father, through Jesus Christ, the Lord, through the powerful intercession of our Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen of Angels".
On July 3, the Episcopal Conference of Costa Rica published a Message "in the face of the worsening of the crisis for Covid-19 in the country", in which it urges "to take on our responsibilities, and to strengthen unity and hope". "Today Latin America is the epicenter of the pandemic and Costa Rica does not escape this reality", wrote the Bishops, recalling the words of Pope Francis. At this moment in the country the number of infections grows exponentially and the number of patients increases, they note, and underline: "it is a serious moral responsibility, derived from faith, taking care of one's health and that of those around us, scrupulously observing the health indications that the authorities have given us since the beginning of the crisis. Life is a gift from God, which everyone must take care of for himself and for others".
In the message, the Bishops denounce "a lack of conscience and responsibility in the increase in cases registered in the last few days", therefore they call on everyone to accept and observe health standards, as well as to show solidarity towards the last, having health at heart of all Costa Ricans. "The Lord is always our strength" concludes the message, urging us to always trust in him and in the intercession of the Virgin Mary. (SL) (Agenzia Fides, 11/7/2020)