As protests against police brutality continue across the nation, the Cathedral of St. John the Divine joins the New York City community in calling for an end to racist violence and mourning the loss of Black lives at a prayer vigil this Friday.

The Cathedral’s clergy, members of its Congregation of Saint Saviour, and people from the broader Cathedral community will gather on the Cathedral’s front steps to say the names of Black people who have been killed and pray a litany of repentance. All who attend the gathering will be encouraged to take a knee, raise a fist, or make another gesture of protest and solidarity.

Drawing upon the teachings of Christ and the legacy of the Episcopal Church’s connection to the vital social issues of the times, the Cathedral pledges to stand for the dignity and immeasurable value of every Black life. At a time when so many people, in New York City and around the country, are devastated by the events of the past few days, weeks, and months, the Cathedral stands as witness to this moment, proclaiming a message at the center of the Gospel of Jesus Christ: that Black Lives Matter.

Please remember to wear a mask and maintain physical distancing. The vigil will happen rain or shine.