Archbishop Linda Nicholls, Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, called Anglicans to prayer from coast to coast across Canada at 7 pm on the Fifth Sunday of Lent, 29 March 2020. The liturgy, led by the Primate, was much like a Compline Service which is one of the Prayer Book Offices for the hours throughout the day. Compline is held at the end of the day.
Archbishop Linda incorporated various prayers and litanies from the Anglican Communion. Her focus was both on our need for repentance; but, she also offered reassurance and comfort in the time of the Coronovirus pandemic.
The evening prayer service was streamed on Facebook at 7 pm ET. Archbishop Linda had invited people to place a candle in their window or on their porch and light as symbol of hope and Christ's presence among us.
Archbishop Linda's invitation was to "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 (see resources); [used during the prayer service]
- 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 (see resources);
- 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."
Father Glenn Empey remarked, "Just as our Sanctus light continues to show the light of Christ within our church even though we are not there, placing a candle in ones window or on ones porch is another indication of Christ's presence out into the world. It's a visible sign that Christ is with us amidst the Coronavirus pandemic. And it's a visible sign of reassurance and hope for each of us and for our neighbours."
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