Dear Brothers and Sisters,
Following the sad news of 100,000 Covid related deaths this week, the Archbishops have written a letter
encouraging people to spend a short time in prayer and reflection at 6pm each day from February 1,
praying for the victims of the pandemic, those on the front line and the public bodies and
private businesses that make up our common life. This letter can be found here.
It seems fitting to begin this season of prayer on the eve of Candlemas, when we recall Anna and Simeon
and how they embraced the presence of God in a disciplined spirit of patient waiting
and intercessory prayer for the hope of the Messiah.
If you are able to, please could you encourage as many people as possible to join you in this venture.
You can find all the resources you need at: www.churchofengland.org/resources/prayer-nation
“I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry” (Psalm 40:1).
With best wishes
Bishop of Rochester Bishop of Tonbridge