A Message From The Dean on Covid-19


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Here’s a further message from the Dean of Winchester, Catherine Ogle, on Covid-19

The message has been released by the Cathedral:

“We are living through exceptional times. Because of the coronavirus crisis, and the conditions needed to keep ourselves and others safe, our usual habits are challenged and our every-day activities curtailed.

“Thank you for all that you are doing to keep yourself, and others safe. Thank you to cathedral staff who are adjusting to new ways of working.

“I am so grateful for the spirit and values that are being lived out in our community.

“Yesterday the Archbishop of Canterbury gave instructions concerning clergy staying at home.  Church buildings are now to be closed for private prayer as well as public worship.

“Sadly, this means that we will no longer be able to ‘live-stream’ services for the cathedral in the morning and evening.

“Chapter will continue to seek new and creative ways for us to live out the cathedral calling and ministry through these days so that prayer, community and service can continue.

“Please do keep in touch and continue to send your prayer requests by letter, email or through social media.

“You will continue to receive regular messages and updates from me and each day there will be a new message and prayer on the website, recorded by one of the clergy, from home.  I’ve just recorded my first thought, from my garden.

“Today is the feast of the Annunciation and we remember the love of God for the whole world.

“We believe that God loves the world so much, that he wants to be with each of us, in person.  Mary said ‘yes’ to God and through the birth of her son, Jesus, God’s love is unleashed in the world.

“We will need resilience, resourcefulness and patience to get through these days and weeks.

“My prayer is that each of us will know, personally, the comfort and peace of the love of God.  Though we stand at a distance from one another, I pray that, like Mary, we will carry God’s love and share it with others.

“We are all invited by Pope Francis and Archbishop Justin, to pray the Lord’s Prayer:

Our Father, which art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come;
thy will be done, in earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive them that trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil for thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.

The Very Revd Catherine Ogle
Dean of Winchester