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Monthly Archives: March 2020

A service for Passion Sunday (the fifth Sunday in Lent)

As many provinces have suspended public worship, the Anglican Communion Office has put together a brief video-based Service of the Word for Passion Sunday, featuring prayers written especially for this Sunday – the Fifth Sunday in Lent – which has been designated as a worldwide day of prayer for repentance and reconciliation in the Anglican Communion.

The service is led by the Revd Neil Vigers from the Anglican Communion Office’s Department for Unity Faith and Order. Readings were recorded for us by Archbishop Philip Freier (Melbourne, Australia); Archbishop Thabo Makgoba (Cape Town, Southern Africa); Archbishop Ian Ernest (Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome); and Dean Hosam Naoum (St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem). The homily is given by Bishop Moon Hing (West Malaysia, South East Asia).

The songs were recorded before the Covid-19 pandemic at St Mary’s Cathedral, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Washington National Cathedral, Washington DC, USA; the Anglican Church of Canada General Synod; and the 16th Meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council in Lusaka, Zambia.

The Service may be accessed by clicking here.

Cancellation of Vocations event

From Sr Sue CSF:

In line with the recent government and church of England guidance regarding COVID 19 we are cancelling the Enquirers Day previously scheduled for Saturday 28th March.   In view of the current uncertainty about how long the crisis will last we are not at this stage planning another event before the autumn.  If the situation changes we will let you know of any subsequent plans.

However we already have an Enquirers Day planned for Saturday October 24th. If you wish to book a place for that event now you are welcome to do so – please let me know.

I hope you and those dear to you remain well in these very challenging times.

May the Lord give you Peace,


COVID 19 Precautions

A Cross at La Verna

From the Society of St Francis:

Given the advice we have received from the Government and the Archbishops, we must, with regret, announce today that we are unable to welcome people on retreat to our SSF houses (Alnmouth, Glasshampton and Hilfield) from now until Monday 20th April (at the earliest). This decision will obviously be reviewed as circumstances demand.

Also, in line with guidance from the National Church (click here), we will be suspending public worship in our Chapels until further notice. The Community, however, will continue to pray, so you can be sure that prayer in our houses remains at the hearts of our lives.

With a number of elderly brothers and community members who are at risk, we believe that we must enter a period of social distancing for their safety and the safety of all our guests.

If you would like to send us any intercessions for our prayers please send them to: Alnmouth, Glasshampton or Hilfield.

Peace and all good