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Archbishop Jason Gordon holds up the cross of Jesus Christ during Good Friday service at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception. Father Don Chambers right looks on.

Archbishop of Port-of-Spain Jason Gordon has prayed for those affected by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The special intersession prayer was presented by Gordon during the Good Friday Liturgy at the Church of Immaculate Conception in Port-of-Spain, yesterday afternoon.

The service was broadcast to local Roman Catholics on social media due to ongoing restrictions on religious services under current public health regulations, which will remain in effect until at least April 30.

This year the Roman Catholic church could not have its Good Friday stations of the cross re-enactment followed by public prayers and homily.

Gordon said: “Almighty everlasting God, give wisdom to leaders, researchers, doctors, nurses. Give peace and protection to all health workers and all those who suffer loneliness and fear. Bring them comfort”

“For those who are suffering from the virus, may they know your peace and healing and may those who died, have everlasting joy in your presence through this our Lord,” Gordon added.

While presenting his homily based on gospel readings on the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, Gordon called on followers to feel the same shock that they experience whenever reading or hearing about the torture he (Jesus Christ) had to endure, when they sin during their lives.

“If we are shocked by how the body of Jesus Christ was being treated…I pray that we have the sensitivity to be shocked by how we are treating each other,” Gordon said.

He suggested that similar shock should be felt in response to negative attitudes towards the church, family members, pollution and even this country’s treatment of prisoners.

While he noted that while the symbol of the cross generates shock and horror in some, he stated that it is still the ultimate symbol of love.

“The cross says in spite of every shock, horror, and scandal you have thrown upon me, I love you,” Gordon said.