WESTFIELD, NJ — Houses of worship from across the town will join together in prayer during a virtual service intended to sooth emotions during the COVID-19 crisis.

Community members are invited to the prayer service to be held on the online platform Zoom at 3:30 p.m. Monday. Participants are being asked to register in advance. Click here to register.

“Our hope is that if we all pray together — at very same time — we will not only be comforted by divine presence, but also demonstrate the unique power of love and compassion over fear and anxiety,” organizers said. “All are welcome to unite in prayer on Monday, March 30, at 3:30 p.m. and pray for 30 minutes together. No matter your religion, please consider praying together as one, and please spread the word.”

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Participating houses of worship include Holy Trinity Roman Catholic Church, The First Baptist Church of Westfield, The First Congregational Church of Westfield, the First United Methodist Church, The Presbyterian Church, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and Temple Emanu-El.

By Sunday the number of COVID-19 in Westfield had risen to 35, including four new cases, Mayor Shelley Brindle wrote in a community update Sunday night.

“Many houses of worship across Westfield are coming together and inviting the entire community to unite in prayer during the trying times of this COVID-19 crisis,” Brindle wrote.

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