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June 1 will be a national day of mourning

June 1 will be a national day of mourning

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry has joined with other faith leaders in calling for a national day of mourning in recognition of the over 100,000 who had died in the United States as a result of Covid-19. ENS has links to resources for Episcopalians.

The group issued a statement saying that “an unprecedented group of 100+ national faith leaders — from Christian, Jewish and Muslim traditions” had signed on to the call, as well as the U.S. Conference of Mayors.

The grim milestone of 100,000 dead Americans coincides with a time that is sacred to all three Abrahamic faiths, said the Rev. Charles Robertson, canon to the presiding bishop for ministry beyond The Episcopal Church. Muslims have just finished celebrating Eid al-Fitr, the end of Ramadan; Jews will celebrate the feast of Shavuot May 28 through 30; and Christians will celebrate Pentecost on May 31.

June 1, 1865 was the National Day of Mourning for Abraham Lincoln.

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