Today, 2,945 candles were lit at Knock Basilica during a special Mass to remember all who have died from Covid-19 on the island of Ireland.
The 12 noon Mass was celebrated by Most Rev Michael Neary, Archbishop of Tuam and streamed live to the world via the Knock Shrine website and social media and was also broadcast on the RTÉ News Channel in the afternoon.
Archbishop Neary said, “Despite the sadness, fear and uncertainty that we have experienced this year, God as Shepherd will gather His people, feed the hungry, bandage the wounded, heal the injured, and make the weak strong. During November, as we remember all who have died across the island of Ireland from Covid-19, we experience the Shepherd’s care for them, and for those who mourn them. This Mass is offered for the repose of their souls. May the merciful Lord bless and comfort all who are in mourning at this time.”
Fr Richard Gibbons, PP and Rector of Knock Shrine encouraged people to place petitions online in the weeks leading up to the Mass. These were placed at the sanctuary and prayers were offered for them. A Paschal candle together with 2,945 candles were laid out on purple cloth around the sanctuary of the Basilica.