A Solemn Tribute: The Cathedral Of St. John The Divine Honors Lives Lost To COVID-19 And HIV/AIDS

May 24, 2023

In the heart of Harlem, the majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine is preparing to host a poignant service that will reverberate with heartfelt memories.

On Sunday, May 28th, at 4 pm, the Cathedral will open its doors to honor and remember those who tragically lost their lives to the devastating impact of COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS.

This special evensong service, featuring the renowned Cathedral Choir’s angelic harmonies, will be a solemn gathering to pay tribute to the departed souls and offer solace to the grieving. The focal point of the service will be the arrival and consecration of the Global Pandemics Touchstone, a sacred symbol that will forever honor the memory of New Yorkers who succumbed to these relentless pandemics, as well as those who lovingly cared for them.

Before the service commences, members of the NYC Walk to Remember will embark on a poignant journey, physically pulling the touchstone on a solemn 3-mile route. The path, starting from the former Mount Sinai Coronavirus Field Hospital and winding through the city’s bustling streets, symbolizes the unity of a community, united in grief and resilience. Finally, the touchstone will find its resting place at the Cathedral, where it will remain until May 30th, when it will be tenderly laid in the potter’s field at Hart Island.

The Walk to Remember serves as a poignant tribute, encompassing a city’s collective desire to pay respects not only to those who fell victim to these contagious diseases but also to the valiant first responders, medical personnel, and essential workers who displayed unwavering courage in the face of an unprecedented crisis that shook the world.

This remarkable event, the Walk to Remember and Global Pandemics Touchstone, stands as a testament to the profound collaboration between the Hart Island Touchstone Coalition, The Peace Abbey Foundation, The Life Experience School, Quakers on the Move, The Hart Island Project, and the venerable Cathedral of St. John the Divine. As an act of unity and hope, all are warmly welcomed to participate in the Choral Evensong service, which will conclude this day of remembrance and inspire a brighter future.

Join us for the Global Pandemics Touchstone Service on Sunday, May 28, 2023, from 4:00 pm to 5:00 pm at the awe-inspiring Cathedral of St. John the Divine, located at 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, where 112th Street intersects in Harlem, NY.

Let us gather as a community, united in solace and solidarity, to honor lives lost and kindle the flames of hope within our hearts.

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