Following the announcement yesterday evening by the Prime Minister and the subsequent guidelines from the archbishops, Southwark Cathedral, along with all other churches and cathedrals, is closed both for public and private worship
This is very difficult for us all but is necessary if we are to conquer this virus that is threatening the lives of so many. The archbishops ask that we stand in strong and visible solidarity with the nation.
However, we wish to maintain worship. As we cannot live-stream from the Cathedral we will be maintaining a pattern of worship from the Deanery. You are invited to join me on Facebook at 9.00am for Morning Prayer and for Night Prayer (Compline) at 8.00pm each day. There will be a Eucharist each Sunday at 11.00am, again from the Deanery but the homily will be pre-recorded by one of my colleagues. This is just the beginning of what we will be doing.
We are hoping within a few days to move from Facebook to YouTube. But remember you don’t need to be on Facebook to watch the service.
On Wednesday 25 March, the Feast of the Annunciation, we are encouraged to join Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin praying the Lord’s Prayer. We will do this live on Facebook. Share your photos with us or your videos. We are a strong community – we can do this!
I was asked by the Association of English Cathedrals to write a prayer to use across England. This is my prayer. I hope you can pray it with me.
A prayer in lockdown
The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked. (John 20.19)
Ever present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
we may with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world.
For Jesus’ sake.
Dean of Southwark