As some people will have heard, last Sunday March 22 the Churches Together in England started a global initiative to pray for those effected by COVID-19, those who are on the frontlines and for hope for the future, symbolized with a candle in the window as sign of the Light of the World lighting up our world in these dark times. This invitation spread throughout the world and many placed a candle in their window at 7 pm, a Candle of Hope. At Trinity, Rev. Dana rang our bell as a call to prayer, lit our paschal candle in the door way (due to the wind) and placed our battery operated candles on our front steps.
Sunday, March 29 had already been planned in the Anglican Communion around the world as a day of Repentance, but has since been expanded into a call for prayer in the midst of this COVID-19 crisis. Archbishop Linda Nicholls has invited everyone to join the Anglican Communion in a day of prayer for repentance— to pray for the whole Communion and for the whole world engulfed in COVID-19.
Light a candle of hope in the window of your home or on the porch—and join me as we pray:
- for repentance as we look at ourselves and ask how we have shared in the divisions and pain of difficult conversations across the Communion in recent years
- for the whole Anglican Communion as we seek to support and care for one another as siblings in Christ in the midst of this and other crises.
- for the whole world as we share in the effects of COVID19 – for health care workers; researchers, those who are ill, those are quarantined or in isolation and those who are abandoned and alone in this time; and
- for our hope in the gospel—that God is with us now and always.