Mass for Frontline Workers Serving the Community
A Mass will be celebrated on Wednesday, April 8 at 10 a.m. at St. Peter in Chains Cathedral for Frontline Workers of the COVID-19 pandemic. Fr. Steve Angi, Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Cincinnati and Cincinnati Police Chaplain will be the celebrant for the Mass. He will impart a special blessing of protection for Frontline Workers during the Mass.
The Mass will be said for the protection of the people who are faithfully serving the community during this crisis, including, police officers, firefighters, EMT’s, doctors, nurses, medical personnel, researchers, public health officials, those who drive trucks with supplies, journalists, those who faithfully stock our shelves with needed foods and medicines, and so many more.
Deacon Dr. Marc Alexander will assist in the Mass. Sgt. Jeff Dunaway of the Cincinnati Police Department will lector the Mass and Rachel Vogel RN, an Emergency Room Nurse at University of Cincinnati Hospital, will be the cross bearer for the Mass.
The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Cincinnati is the 44th largest Catholic diocese in the country, with more than 450,000 Catholics, and has the sixth largest Catholic school system in terms of enrollment with more than 40,000 students. The 19-county territory includes 211 parishes and 111 Catholic primary and secondary schools.
Blessing for Frontline Workers:
“Blessed are you Lord God of mercy,
Who through your Son
Gave us a marvelous example of charity
And the great commandment of love for one another.
Send down your richest blessings upon our First Responders and those
Who so generously devote themselves to helping others:
Police Officers, Firefighters, EMT’s, doctors, nurses, medical personnel, researchers, public health officials, journalists, and those who drive trucks with needed supplies and faithfully stock our shelves with needed foods and medicines.
Give them courage when they are afraid,
Wisdom when they must make decisions,
Strength when they are weary,
And compassion in all their work.
When the alarm sounds,
And they are called to aid both friend and stranger,
Let them faithfully serve you in their neighbor. We ask this blessing through Christ our Lord.