A Message from the Dean
"I will be with you, even to the end of time."
~ Matthew 28.20
Here, in Bristol Cathedral, the stream of prayer, which has flowed within these walls since the 12th century, continues for you and with you, every day. While the current regulations are in place, please do join in that stream of prayer from home by accessing any of our social media sites – details are on the website. In particular, our Sunday Eucharist will be streamed live from the Cathedral every Sunday at 10.00am and is a wonderful time to gather together and to pray with others.
The Cathedral is also open for private prayer from 10.00am to 12noon Tuesday to Saturday and from 12noon until 2.00pm on Sunday. You are welcome to reflect, to light a candle or pray and people will be available to pray with you about particular concerns or needs. Our focus will be particularly on prayer for our city and our nation, remembering all whose lives and livelihoods have been damaged by the impact of the virus, and giving thanks for all whose work sustains us in every day life – those key workers whose self-sacrifice has meant so much.
In this season of Remembrance and as we face new challenges created by the Covid-19 pandemic, you may be feeling overwhelmed. It is natural to feel anxious in the face of continuing uncertainty and to be fearful for the future. In to this situation our friend and Saviour Jesus Christ speaks, saying, "I will be with you, even to the end of time". He invites us to come close to him and to bring all that is on our hearts. Let us be encouraged to make this a time of prayer, to come ever closer to Jesus and lay our burdens down.
As we learned from the lock down earlier in the year, there are things that we can do to keep safe and well while we are unable to go about life as usual.
Building up a rhythm of life in every day is one of those things. We can learn from our Augustinian heritage the value of prayer, activity and rest at predictable times of day. Many people have found that praying at the same time each day, when we know that others are also praying, is a precious and holy habit that is possible in lock down, even if not when life is busier. I commend to you the online streaming of Morning Prayer from Bristol Cathedral. To join in you may need to purchase a copy of Common Worship Daily Prayer or you may find it easier if you have a smart phone to download the app chpublishing.co.uk/apps/daily-prayer which ensures that you can follow the prayers, psalms and reading set for the day.
Staying in touch with friends, family and community becomes more of a challenge to many of us, so please do use every opportunity to email, to join in the chat on social media, or pick up the phone in the next month. The clergy will be particularly contacting those we know to be isolated, but if you are aware of anyone in the congregation who needs support do please contact the Revd Sarah Evans firstname.lastname@example.org and let her know.
The Very Revd Dr Mandy Ford
Dean of Bristol
3 November 2020
Posted on 3rd November 2020