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Link to Fox & Weeks COVID vigil
Fox & Weeks hosted a prayer vigil on January 18, at 7 pm in response to the City of Savannah’s request for members of the Savannah community to participate in a national memorial for victims of COVID-19.
Click https://vimeo.com/500486779 to view a video of the service. The video will remain available via the Fox & Weeks website throughout the week.
Savannah Mayor Van Johnson graciously agreed to act as Master of Ceremonies for the vigil service, and other participants included Rabbi Robert Haas from Congregation Mickve Israel; soloist Sheryl Cohen from St. James Catholic Church; Reverend Billy Hester from Asbury Memorial Church; Reverend Kenny Grant from Calvary Baptist Temple; soloist Kim Michael Polote; Diocese of Savannah Bishop Emeritus J. Kevin Boland; and organist/pianist Ray Ellis from Asbury Memorial Church.
The goal of bringing together diverse members of Savannah’s faith community was to honor the people of Chatham County that have succumbed to Covid-19. The service on Monday served as a prelude to the City of Savannah’s participation in Tuesday’s national day of remembrance.
On Tuesday beginning at 5:30 pm, Savannah’s City Hall bells will ring once for every 10 deaths in Chatham County and the building will be illuminated in red. Anyone in the community wishing to participate is invited to ring bells, illuminate homes or businesses with red lights, hold a candlelight vigil and express their remembrances on social media using the hashtags, #SavannahRemembers and #SavannahStrong. Savannah’s memorial will coincide with a ceremony taking place in Washington, D.C., that will include a lighting ceremony at the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool.