The former dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port-of-Spain, said inspiration can be drawn from our Muslim brothers and sisters who have also adapted to the COVID-19 restrictions in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which began on April 23
President of the Inter-Religious Organisation of T&T (IRO) Rev Dr Knolly Clarke says to not only think of COVID-19 but also about other people facing crises around the world.
He was speaking at the IRO’s National Day of Prayer event via Zoom, on Saturday.
“We must not only look at the COVID-19 pandemic but there are also other challenges people in the world are facing, like the disaster in St Vincent, Indias and other places where people are suffering.
“Although our buildings are closed, the people of God in the diverse communities can carry out the ministries and missions of God, respect for one another, and the nation.
“This year of prayer, we cannot meet together in any big place, but each one of us in our corner can carry on that prayerful situation not only for T&T but for the world over.”
Clarkes said it was also International Labour Day or May Day when unions stand up for justice. “We have our own Labour Day on June 19, where our labour unions champion the rights for our workers and citizens and Fr Martin Sirju also has a like-minded message for justice and peace in the world.”
Reminding members in the virtual congregation that faith without works is dead, he disclosed that the Anglican church was sending relief parcels of food and other items to St Vincent Bishop Leopold Friday and other groups were getting together to do relief efforts as well.
Clarke said St Vincent provided T&T with food from the earth and now the nation must return that favour.
He said while charity begins at home, we also need to be mindful of other people in the world who are in need.
Clarke said due to the COVID-19 restrictions, places of worship will be closed on Sunday, however parishioners can attend mass virtually via Zoom.
The former dean of Holy Trinity Cathedral, Port-of-Spain, said inspiration can be drawn from our Muslim brothers and sisters who have also adapted to the COVID-19 restrictions in the Islamic holy month of Ramadan which began on April 23.
Clarke said their practices were still carried out, such as the breaking of the fast, known as Iftar, but it would not be taking place at the mosques as traditionally done but at their homes.