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From The National Mall:

“Tonight, 5:30 pm ET, will be the first-ever lighting around the Reflecting Pool in honor of the American lives lost to COVID-19. People everywhere are invited to participate by illuminating buildings and ringing church bells in a national moment of unity and remembrance.”

From the Presidential Inauguration Committee:

“The Presidential Inaugural Committee (PIC) is hosting a memorial to remember and honor the lives lost to COVID-19. On January 19 at 5:30pm (local time), we invite Americans across the country to come together for a national moment of unity and remembrance.

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From AG Racine’s Office:

“Attorney General Karl A. Racine issued the following statement on today’s settlement with the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Washington (the Archdiocese). Under the terms of the settlement, the Archdiocese will abide by the Mayor’s December 16th order, which set attendance limits at indoor worship services to allow 250 people or 25% of a church’s capacity (whichever is less). As it has with other public health orders, the District will provide advance notice of any changes to current restrictions on worship services required by evolving public health conditions. Read More



From a press release:

“Washington National Cathedral will host a new art exhibit showcasing thousands of paper doves suspended from the Cathedral’s vaulted, 100-foot-high ceiling, beginning next week through May 2021. The “Les Colombes” exhibit is by German artist Michael Pendry, who has created similar works at Cathedrals around the world, and symbolizes the Biblical theme of hope and optimism heading into the new year after a very challenging 2020. Read More


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From an email:

“Washington National Cathedral will toll its bells 300 times on Tuesday, Dec. 15 starting at 5 p.m. ET, in memory of the 300,000 Americans who have died of COVID-19.

The Very Rev. Randolph Marshall Hollerith, the Cathedral’s dean, also released this statement:

“We have reached the point in America where the death toll from COVID-19 for just one day was the equivalent of 16 fully loaded 737 jets falling from the sky. Read More


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From the Mayor’s Office:

“DC’s faith-based organizations are at the very heart of our community, giving us hope in the face of darkness. They embody our DC values of love and inclusivity. An attack on them is an attack on all of us. This weekend, we saw forces of hate seeking to use destruction and intimidation to tear us apart. We will not let that happen, and continue to stand together strong and United to Love. The Mayor’s Office of Religious Affairs and the Metropolitan Police Department are engaging the impacted houses of worship today, and anyone with information or video in the area of the houses of worship should call 202-727-9099 or text 50411.”

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