This week at Lancaster Priory
All our worship at the Priory this week
Sunday 29 March 10am – Passion Sunday.
On Sunday we will stream our Sunday service “live” at 10.00am on our Facebook page, but you will be able to follow the service any time after that. You can follow the service by downloading Easter Day 2020
Morning Prayer can be viewed daily at 9.30am via our Facebook page.
An accompanying service sheet can be downloaded for our Maundy Thursday Holy Communion Holy Week Maundy Thursday 20
and Good Friday Stations of the Cross Stations of the Cross 20
The Archbishops and Bishops of the Church of England have urged everyone to follow the instructions given by the Prime Minister to stay in their homes in a national effort to limit the transmission of the coronavirus (COVID-19).
But they called on the Church to “continue to pray, to love, to care for the vulnerable”. It follows the announcement by the Prime Minister Boris Johnson of sweeping restrictions aimed at slowing the spread of the virus.
It means all Church of England churches will close with immediate effect in line with the Government’s instructions. There will also be no Church weddings or baptisms. Funerals at the graveside or in crematoriums can still take place, but only in line with the Prime minister’s Statement.
However, we will be live streaming morning prayer and some services from our Facebook page.
We regret that all of our concerts and events have been postponed until further notice.
All services and events have currently been cancelled until further notice. Please check back for further details as they become available.
The times we are living in are unusual and unprecedented. Never before have our Archbishops called for public worship to be suspended in our churches. (Historians may be aware that Pope Innocent III banned worship in England during the period of “interdict” in the reign of King John from 1209-1213, but that was an entirely different matter!)
The action has been taken to protect the people of God who have been committed to our care, and especially the most vulnerable among us, as we do not wish to put anyone in a situation which puts their health at risk. And so, our usual pattern of worship at the Priory must cease for the time being. We don’t know how long this will be – but it is likely to be months rather than weeks. (I’d be delighted to be proved wrong on that point!)
But that does not mean that our prayer and worship will cease! On the contrary – we will be ensuring that daily prayers are said in church, and people will be encouraged to participate by using the “Daily Prayer” app if you have a smartphone. It’s free to download, and has prayers for every day. It’s also available on the internet as Daily Prayer (Church of England). Prayers are also available on our website. We are also using the internet to stream these services. Morning Prayer this morning took place at 9.30 in the St Thomas Chapel, as we do most days. We will continue to do this every day at 9.30am streamed on our Facebook page.
If you have Facebook, go to the “Lancaster Priory” page and you will see our services there. On Sunday we will put our Sunday service there “live” at 10.00am, but you will be able to follow the service any time after that.
If you don’t currently have Facebook, I do recommend you joining! You can follow our services there, as well as maintaining contact with your friends and family, and when many will be self-isolated, it will be good to keep in touch with everyone you know in our Church Family. (You are not required to tell everyone what you had for breakfast!)
Please be assured that we will be praying for all our Church Family at this time, as well as for the whole wider community here in Lancaster, as well as seeking to offer practical help where it is needed.
On our website are some prayers which you may find to be a comfort in these challenging times. Please click here to see more.
Be assured of my prayers, as we seek to be the Body of Christ in the present challenging circumstances for us all, and above all, to put our trust in God.
With very best wishes to you all,
The Revd Canon Chris Newlands
Vicar of Lancaster
Our 10am Sunday service can be viewed every week on our Facebook page.
Details of our Mothering Sunday service can be downloaded: Lent 4 Mothering Sunday_20 10am
Details of our Passion Sunday service can be downloaded : Lent 5 Passion Sunday
Details of our Palm Sunday service can be downloaded : Palm Sunday_2020
PAAWS and SPAAWS Walks
In view of the situation with regard to Coronavirus, and on the basis of medical advice, we have decided that regretfully all PAAWS and SPAAWS should be suspended until further notice.
Tuesday Group Meetings will be cancelled until further notice.
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