Church of England Diocese of Newcastle Longframlington with Brinkburn

Candles lit to remember 100,000 COVID deaths

4 Feb 2021, midnight

Candles were lit in the chancel at St Mary's on Tuesday 2nd February, marking both the Festival of Candlemas and the loss of 100,000 in the UK from coronavirus.  A time for prayer!

     God of compassion,
<span style="font-size: 1rem;">     be close to those who are ill, afraid, grieving or in isolation.
</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">     In their loneliness, be their consolation;
</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">     in their anxiety, be their hope;
</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">     in their darkness, be their light;
</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">     through him who suffered alone on the cross,
</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">     but reigns with you in glory,
</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">     Jesus Christ our Lord.
</span><span style="font-size: 1rem;">     Amen. </span>

Our Archbishops have also once again called for prayer for our country as the lockdown continues - see prayer resources elsewhere in this website.<span style="font-size: 1rem;">

<span style="font-size: 1rem;">Candlemas marks the visit of Mary and Joseph to the Temple in Jerusalem to give thanks for the birth of Jesus and for the "purification" of Mary after childbirth.  Two elderly Jews at the Temple had been looking for years for the promised Messiah, and were given the insight to recognise in the infant Jesus that the Messiah had been born.  One of them, Simeon, was the source of the words of the Nunc Dimittis (Now let your servant depart in peace), in effect saying to God that now that he had seen the Messiah he was happy to die.</span>