Even though the doors of the Cathedral have been shut, the clergy and vergers have continued their daily round of prayer and have had our dispersed Cathedral community very much on our hearts as we do this. We shall continue to pray in the Cathedral for as long as we can, and shall pray at home if we cannot get in.

We invite you to pray with us.

We have had to learn quickly how to make videos of services for broadcast. You can find these either here on our website or on our Facebook page.

If you have a smartphone, you can pray the Anglican Church of Australia’s daily Morning and Evening Prayer using the free ePray app, which can be downloaded here.

We have put together a booklet, Praying Alone, Praying Together, to offer you a range of resources for praying at home. If you have a printer, you can print off as many copies as you need, else you can read it from your screen.

The booklet has some set prayers against Coronavirus Disease 2019 (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. This might be done around the same time each of us would normally receive Communion.

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.

27 March 2020