Gov. Mike Dunleavy is inviting Alaskans to seek divine assistance in the midst of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
On April 10, which is Good Friday, the governor will host “Alaska’s Day of Prayer and Hope,” in which Alaskans across faith traditions will join in prayer and reflection.
The livestream event will include a personal prayer from Dunleavy, as well as a moment of silence. He will be joined remotely by religious and community leaders across the state.
“I have no doubt that the people of this great state will emerge from this pandemic stronger, more compassionate, and more united than ever.”
“In times of uncertainty, such as this global health pandemic we are fending off, prayer and hope are powerful resources that are immediately accessible to every Alaskan across every faith and religious tradition,” Dunleavy said April 7. “In the past weeks and months, we have witnessed some of the greatest acts of compassion we’ve ever seen – Alaskans putting their personal wants and needs aside as we consider the most vulnerable in our state and work to slow the spread of this devastating virus.”
“I invite all Alaskans to join me this Friday as we come together to pray for and focus our positive wishes on Alaska, the country, and the world,” Dunleavy said. “I have no doubt that the people of this great state will emerge from this pandemic stronger, more compassionate, and more united than ever.”
The governor mentioned the day of prayer during his April 6 press conference, noting that the event would express gratitude for first-line health responders, public safety officers, government workers and the many other Alaskans who have worked to battle the coronavirus.
Prayers will also be offered for peace and unity among families and communities, for those who have lost loved ones to COVID-19, those who are sick, Alaskans who have lost jobs and those who are struggling to meet their needs.
“We’re going to call on all the resources we can get,” Dunleavy said. “Resources made here on earth by man and resources that come from above as well.”
The prayer event will be livestreamed at 2 p.m. on April 10 on Facebook and Vimeo. Those without internet can listen by phone at 800-315-6338, access code: 19327.