Even though the doors to the Cathedral are shut, we continue to pray and invite you to pray with us.
We have put together a booklet, Praying Alone, Praying Together, to offer you a range of resources for praying at home.
The booklet has some set prayers against COVID-19. It also offers you a little service of Spiritual Communion, which is a great tradition of the church that has been taken up by Anglicans since the 16th century that, whenever we are unable to receive the Body and Blood of Christ in Communion, we focus our hearts and minds on union with Jesus and thereby receive him spiritually.
Two short Collect prayers are offered to begin each day with an acknowledgement of God’s presence, and a service of Night Prayer is given for the end of the day, fashioned on the monastic practice of reciting set psalms followed by old Simeon’s prayer over Jesus in the Temple.
A few poems and prayers to sustain us spiritually can be found at the end.
You might want to consider setting aside a little space for prayer at this time: somewhere comfortable and quiet. A cross, icon, candle and/or Bible can be a simple focus.
The peace of God, which passes all understanding, keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God, and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord.