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MESSAGE FROM BISHOP DAVID 13 MAY 2020

Pope Francis has released a video which I post here to motivate us all. In it he calls on all believers, adherents of all religions to pray, fast and perform works of charity tomorrow.

CLICK BELOW FOR POPE FRANCIS VIDEO

https://youtu.be/Z8JhiYqzjgU

Tomorrow, 14 May, is an international, interreligious day of prayer to ask God to lift this pandemic from the world, and to inspire scientists to find a cure for the disease.

The inspiration for this comes from the “Higher Committee for Human Fraternity” which was set up when Pope Francis visited Abu Dhabi last year. The initiative transcends religious boundaries and invites all religious people to appeal to God, in accordance with their own faith and teachings.

Dr Clare Amos, our Director of Lay Discipleship, was previously the Interfaith Director at the World  Council of Churches. She has composed this prayer which I commend for use:

God of life, Creator of all, 

Your reach stretches beyond the farthest stars that we can see, 

Yet you are nearer to us than our own soul.  

In this time of crisis may your love draw human beings together,

Bridging the distance of place, of nationality, of ideology and religion.

Unite us as one in prayer to face together this enemy, the virus.

Free us from fear, grant us courage and compassion, make us generous in acts of charity,

And bring to effect our longing for the healing of this world. Amen

CLICK BELOW TO HEAR THE ARCHBISHOP OF CANTERBURY’S EASTER SUNDAY SERMON CHRIST IS RISEN!

https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m000h7lg

CLICK BELOW TO READ A LETTER FROM BISHOPS ROBERT AND DAVID

APPROACHING HOLY WEEK AND EASTER

BISHOP DAVID

25 MARCH 2020

The Pope’s invitation to all Christians

The Annunciation, (unknown), the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles.

Addressing the leaders of all Christian Churches, communities and confessions worldwide, the Pope invites us all, on 25 March at 12 noon in each local time zone, to recite the prayer of all Christians.

“In these days of trial, as humanity trembles at the threat of the coronavirus pandemic, I would propose that all Christians join their voices together to heaven to invoke the Almighty, the All Powerful God, by reciting contemporaneously the prayer that Our Lord Jesus has taught us”.

25 March is the Feast of the Annunciation. Its central focus is the wondrous moment in history when the Eternal Word became flesh in the womb of the Blessed Virgin Mary; in short God became one of us. The feast marks the dramatic entrance of the divine into our everyday world, God with us, Emmanuel. As we remember the closeness of God to us – God who took on our very flesh – Pope Francis encourages us in reciting our common prayer to remember the closeness of God to doctors, nurses, health workers, volunteers, the authorities who have to make difficult decisions for our common good, the closeness of God to those who are stricken with this disease and those who are alone.

As the International Anglican-Roman Catholic Commission for Unity and Mission (IARCCUM) suggests, Anglicans see the value of a ministry exercised by the Bishop of Rome as a sign and focus of unity within a reunited Church. We experience this ministry of unity in the call of Pope Francis to all Christians to join together in praying the Lord’s Prayer at this difficult time for people everywhere.

Spread this call to prayer on the Feast of the Annunciation through your networks and social media.

Annunciation by Nigerian artist Paul Woelfel

BISHOP ROBERT

CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW TO SEE BISHOP ROBERT’S VIDEO 20 MARCH 2020

https://zoom.us/rec/play/75ckJuirqjk3GNCSsgSDBaV5W9Xvev2s0ykbrPpbyh28UHELMFX1ZucWNOJPXlVIi0RKRGqp5fgU1Mh0?continueMode=true

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