• Sunday worship services at the Cathedral are suspended indefinitely
• All public events at the Cathedral also cancelled
• 9am prayers for the nation
The Anglican Dean of St George’s Cathedral, The Very Reverend Chris Chataway, has announced the indefinite suspension of Sunday services at St George’s Cathedral.
This includes the Cathedral’s flagship 10am Choral Eucharist, along with 8am Holy Communion and 5pm Evensong.
The decision was made in consultation with the Archbishop by the Cathedral’s Critical Incident Task Group. It responds to the Prime Minister’s directive to cancel gatherings of more than one hundred people. This decision applies to the Cathedral only.
In addition to Sunday Services, all scheduled public events have been suspended. The Cathedral doors will remain open for personal prayer and reflection.
The Cathedral is currently making arrangements for services to be streamed on-line while the suspension is in effect.
In addition, the Dean is calling upon the Cathedral community, and believers everywhere, to come together in prayer at 9am on Sunday morning – wherever they are – to ask for guidance, strength and healing in this difficult time.
“This is a challenging situation that most of us have never before experienced.
The public health threat posed by COVID-19 cannot be ignored or wished away and we, as a Cathedral community, have to do our part to protect one another and the community.
This is a very difficult thing for us to do. We are not simply a gathering of people, but a body of believers, strengthened and inspired by being together.
We will be taking steps to ensure that worship will continue on-line, and to maintain the bonds that tie our community together, even as a virtual community. I would also encourage everyone to join us in prayer, wherever you are, at 9am, Perth time, this Sunday morning.
I thank the Cathedral community for their patience, their understanding and their prayers as we, along with the rest of the nation, work through this difficult time together. We are a resurrection faith, bound by hope and love. It is that love and hope that will sustain us in the weeks and months ahead.”
The Very Reverend Chris Chataway
19 March 2020