A novena prayer to the camillian martyrs of charity offered for the covid 19 pandemic frontliners and all the infected persons
It has been more than a year since the COVID 19 pandemic has been declared by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a public health emergency of global concern (March 2020). To date, over a 100 million global cases and over 3 million global deaths have been recorded. While some countries have started to lift severe public health measures without disregarding the minimum standards and where the vaccines rolled out constantly, sill majority are suffering from the severe consequences due to failure of their health systems and scarcity of vaccines. Apart from the infected persons, the most affected are the frontliners (medical and non-medical). They risked their lives to save us.
On May 25, 2021, the Camillians will commemorate the death of more than 300 Camillians who lost their lives in serving the victims of the plagues in Italy, Spain, Hungary and Croatia during the first four centuries of the life of the Order. The commemoration coincides with the 471st birthday of our holy Father St. Camillus de Lellis.
We want to remember and create a connection with our past and make it alive today especially in this period of pandemic. This is an essential aspect of our prophetic heritage. Recently we heard our Indian and Filipino confreres who opted to serve the COVID patients in the isolation wards of the healthcare facility as well as countless confreres who maintained their ministry to the sick in the hospitals and other facilities. We want to celebrate by highlighting the values of commitment, solidarity, self-denial, generosity and option for the poor. We don’t want to be different but to become radicals by making a difference in the lives of the COVID 19 infected persons. We want to imitate the martyrs of charity by espousing and embracing their desire, enthusiasm and courage in encountering the victims of the plagues.
For these, we are inviting you to celebrate the feast of the Camillian Martyrs of Charity by praying the novena prepared by CADIS in 5 different languages beginning on May 16, 2021 and celebrate the mass on May 25, 2021. The primary intention of the novena and the Holy Eucharist is to all the frontliners that they may persevere and remain healthy, and to all those infected by the coronavirus disease.
Bro. Jose Ignacio Santaolalla Saez, MI
President – CADIS International