Yaounde, 27 April, 2020 / 7:06 pm (ACI Africa).
Bishops in the central African nation of Cameroon have chosen the feast of St. Joseph the Worker marked May 1 as the start of nine days of prayer during which the people of God in the country will join them to pray for liberation from COVID-19 crisis.
“We call all the faithful of Christ and people of good will to join us for a novena prayer, which will begin on Friday, May 1st, the feast of St. Joseph the Worker, and end on Saturday, May 9th, 2020,” the Bishops stated in their collective letter dated April 24.
The Bishops explained, “During these nine days of prayer, let us implore the Lord, invoking the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of Mercy, and of the Health of the Sick, as well as Saint Joseph, with whom the Church has always travelled the world, so that all humanity may be freed from the Coronavirus pandemic.”
Signed by the Vice-President of the Episcopal Conference of Cameroon (CENC), Archbishop Andrew Nkea Fuanya, the Bishops explain that during the nine days of prayer, “we will pray for the sick of COVID-19; for those who have died as a result of this pandemic and for their grieving family members.”
The people of God in Cameroon will also be praying “for those affected psychologically, spiritually, materially and financially; and for the medical personnel dedicated to the care of the sick: doctors, nurses and all the volunteers who risk their lives in this service.”