Interfaith Prayer & Candlelight Vigil for Speedy Coronavirus Recovery - 16th Feb, 2020

The Church of the Visitation, Seremban and supported by The Malaysian Consultative Council of Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduism, Sikhism and Taoism (MCCBCHST) of Negeri Sembilan, held an interfaith prayer and candlelight vigil on Sunday 16 February 2020 at the Church of The Visitation, Seremban. This was in view of the outbreak of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) epidemic which has been declared a public health emergency of international concern. 

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A total of 120 faithful, representing their respective faith, including the Bahai faith, gathered in front of the Church of The Visitation at 7.00 pm with lighted candles. The faithful kept their candles lit throughout the evening. The Interfaith Prayer Vigil was held to seek Divine intervention to bring to an end the COVID-19 epidemic which was first reported in Wuhan, China on 31 December 2019.

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Also, in attendance at the Interfaith Prayer Vigil was Mr. Tayalan Nathan, NS State MCCBCHST Secretary, Mr. Goh Kim Seng, Treasurer and Mr. P. Muthusamy, Chairman of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam, NS State Council. 
The Interfaith Prayer Vigil was emceed by Mr Christopher Krishnan, President of the Interfaith Committee of the Church of The Visitation while the Youths of the Church of The Visitation coordinated the singing of songs. The Interfaith Prayer Vigil commenced with a song entitled “Bond of Love” sung by all present. This was followed by a welcome remark by Rev Fr. Xavier Andrew, Parish Priest of the Church of the Visitation. 

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In the first part of the evening, prayers were chanted by Buddhist Nun Reverend Kai Xin, this was followed by prayer in songs led by Ms Geetha of the Bahai faith; and prayers and chant by Chief Priest Siva Sri Vickneswara Sivachariar of the Palani Malai Murugan Temple. After the first part of prayers and songs, the Coronavirus theme song was played. The second part of the Interfaith Prayer Vigil was led by Sdr. Prabhdial Singh and Sdr Mulkeet Singh, representatives from the Sikh faith, followed by prayer and song by Rev Fr Xavier Andrew, Parish Priest and The Hail Mary by Rev Fr Kenneth Gopal, Assistant Parish Priest, of the Church of The Visitation, who represented the Christian community.

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Dr. Daniel, a parishioner of the Church of The Visitation gave a 10-minute talk on the Coronavirus (COVID-19). He explained the symptoms and how the community can help. A minute of silence was observed for all victims especially for those who have died from COVID-19. The Interfaith Prayer Vigil came to an end at 8.00 pm with the song “Amazing Grace”.

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According to the World Health Organization (WHO) official website, as at 18 February 2020, globally, a total of 73,332 people were confirmed to have become infected with the disease and a total of 1,873 deaths since 31 December 2019. As the WHO, health experts and governments continue to work closely to deal with and prevent the spread of this outbreak, we turn to God who is compassionate and merciful for help and protection. Whoever goes to the Lord for safety, whoever remains under the protection of the Almighty can say to him, “You are my defender and protector. You are my God; in you I trust”. He will keep you safe from all hidden dangers and from all deadly diseases…. Psalms 91.

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Photos by Visitation Media Team, Edited by Lizzie Vincent. A word of thanks to Christopher Krishnan for providing the information.