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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.

New Bishop of Woolwich

Picture courtesy of Soutwark Diocescan Communications

Sister Sue writes:

On Thursday 22nd March the Rt Revd Dr Michael Ipgrave, the Bishop of Woolwich, began is his first day of ministry as a bishop by celebrating the eucharist with the community at the Oratory of St. Alphege, in Southwark, accompanied by the Venerable Christine Hardman Archdeacon of Lewisham and Greenwich, and other senior colleagues.   The sisters in Southwark had attended Bishop Michael’s consecration in Southwark Cathedral the previous day.