SEE US IN A NEW LIGHT
Message from the Dean
So, sadly, we are back into a situation of ‘lockdown’ – at least for the immediate future. Of course, it was not the way any of us wanted to begin the new year but the severity of the transmission of the virus, the rising number of related deaths and the pressure on the capacity of our NHS made this latest time of severe restrictions inevitable and sensible. Again, we find ourselves in the strange position of realising that staying socially distanced and even more, staying at home is not just about self-preservation but equally it is an act of care for others.
The Prime Minister’s announcement, and the subsequent legislation that enforces this particular lockdown, also allows for private prayer and public worship to continue during this time in churches and other places of worship. The advice we have received from the Church of England’s Recovery Group, led by the Bishop of London, affirms this but, as you would expect, offers a note of caution that emphasises the need for cautious action and careful provision. At the Cathedral, we have some important added complications. While the building work continues, the building has very restricted use and, perhaps most importantly, there is at present no heating in the Cathedral. To say it is cold is more than an understatement.
Reluctantly, therefore, the Cathedral will remain closed to visitors but we have decided that we will continue to offer worship, with a choir present, but that it will be streamed online. The pattern of worship that we intend to put in place is as follows:
|10am||Morning Service recorded and streamed on YouTube. This will include a contribution recorded from the Choir|
|4pm||Choral Evensong livestreamed on YouTube|
|8:30am||Morning Prayer on Facebook|
|Evenings||Evening Reflection on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday on YouTube and Facebook|
|Wednesday, 5:45pm||Choral Evensong livestreamed on YouTube from the Cathedral|
These immediate changes are a small contribution towards reducing the movement of people in our city region in the hope of reducing the transmission of the virus. We continue our prayer for an end to the pandemic, and for the NHS, as we remember those who are unwell and the bereaved. We give thanks for all who courageously continue to help us continue our daily lives and those whose skill and dedication will bring real hope that we can soon live more safely.
May the Holy Spirit of God bring healing and comfort in these difficult times. May God grant us mercy and love.
With many prayers and in Christ,