A New Jersey church held a memorial service Sunday for all of the members of the congregation who passed away from COVID-19.
Members of the Saint James AME Church, which has locations in Newark and South Orange, gathered at the Eagle Rock Reservation Remembrance and Rebirth 9/11 Memorial Site in West Orange Sunday afternoon.
The congregation released lanterns into the sky to honor the 40-plus members who have passed away from the virus since 2020.
Many of those who died early on during the pandemic did not have a proper funeral, Rev. Dr. Ronald Slaughter said.
“This Sunday Mass Memorial Celebration is our way of comforting the family members and friends of the 40 members who have passed away,” Slaughter added. “Releasing lanterns is our way of honoring the life of the deceased and remembering that they are now with our God.”
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