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Pastoral Letter from the Bishop of Ebbsfleet during the Coronavirus Outbreak

Sarum St Martin
4th Sunday of Lent - 22nd March 2020

As of today, Lent 4, I have started posting on the St Giles Reading home page a recording of the Sunday Mass with a single minister as envisaged by the limitations imposed on our worship: 

The Gospel passage and homily will appear in written form on my website:

It is a public act of worship and, because it is a recording, can be entered into at any point on the Sunday or the days following, rather than limited to a moment of live-streaming.  (We might adopt a different model by the time we reach the Triduum liturgies.) 

Might I leave it to you—depending on how communication is normally organized in your parish—to cascade this information to the worshipping congregation, so that it reaches its target?  and perhaps you could put a link on your website to the webpages above for the recording and homily.

I shall be very happy to receive constructive comments as to how the experience might be improved for the worshipper if you have them;  or indeed any ideas for best-targeted further spiritual resources for our people.

Holding you all in prayer:  please preserve your own health as well as the health of others.

In Dmno:



Almighty God, you have made us members of Christ and of his Church in this parish. May we as a congregation reach upwards to your throne in worship and adoration: inwards to one another in understanding and fellowship; and outwards to the world in evangelism and social compassion. Make us like a city set on a hill whose light cannot be hidden, so that men and women may find Christ as the Light of the World, and his Church as the family of the redeemed, and eternal life as the gift of God, through Jesus Christ our Lord Amen.

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