Dean John writes…
This is a time of anxiety and uncertainty as individuals, families, communities and organisations work out the immediate and longer-term implications of the government’s advice in the face of the coronavirus threat.
Whilst aiming to safeguard the safety of our staff and volunteers, Ripon Cathedral’s aim at this stage is to remain open as a place of calm encouragement where people, taking advantage of its large sacred spaces, can light candles and pray quietly. Our daily services continue and, for the time being, are still open to the public. We will respond to advice and guidance as things develop over coming hours and days. We will announce shortly our plans for Sunday.
We pray for our country and the whole world, for everyone affected by the coronavirus pandemic. We ask for courage for the anxious and strength for those providing medical care and essential services.
I would also like to encourage us all within community to look out for neighbours and any who may be in need, while also being responsible in caring for our own health and well-being.
We pray at this time:
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
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