Nurses at St. Charles Hospital, Port Jefferson, received a spiritual boost Monday, May 11, as they continue their heroic work on the front lines during the COVID-19 pandemic. In observance of National Nurses Week, Ursuline Sister Edith Menegus, pastoral care director, and hospital chaplain Mary Larson, of the United Church of Christ, visited the various departments and units to bless the hands of nurses and other medical professionals. While holy water could not be used during the ritual this year because of the current health crisis, the employees were no less appreciative of the spiritual care they received. By the end of the day, the chaplains blessed more than 200 pairs of hands. National Nurses Week, May 6-12, celebrates the nursing profession and affirms the vital role nurses play in health care.

The prayer used in the blessing of hands was “Gracious God, bless these hands which offer care and comfort to the sick and the scared. Thank you for your service and compassion during this crisis and always. Amen.”

Photos by Gregory A. Shemitz