ST. PETERSBURG — Bishop Gregory Parkes of the Diocese of St. Petersburg, which encompasses, Pinellas, Hillsborough, Pasco, Citrus and Hernando counties, will hold a prayer vigil Sunday “in solidarity with all people of good will who seek racial harmony and an end to racial injustice.”
Parkes will lead the gathering, which will include silent and scriptural prayer, during a Holy Hour before the Blessed Sacrament inside the Cathedral of St. Jude the Apostle, 5815 Fifth Ave. N. Additionally, there will be an outdoor demonstration with individual and group prayer at the corner of Fifth Avenue N and Tyrone Boulevard. In the event of inclement weather, the entire event will be indoors.
The vigil, which will take place from 3 to 4 p.m., will include Benediction on the Cathedral steps, where those in attendance will be asked to kneel for eight minutes as they are able.
Participants are encouraged to wear a mask and bring a water bottle. Signs also are encouraged. The diocese suggests going to dosp.org/racialharmony for suggested language and additional information. The event will be live-streamed at dosp.org/livestream and Facebook.com/DioStPete.