In-Person Cathedral Worship Suspended
March 13, 2020
Dear cathedral members and friends—
This morning, Bishop Sean sent a letter to our partnership dioceses temporarily suspending all in-person worship effective Sunday, March 15. “The COVID-19 epidemic is spreading so quickly that I cannot in good conscience permit gatherings that could easily hasten the spread of the disease and contribute to the collapse of our health care system,” he writes. “My only concerns are the safety of the people of our dioceses and the welfare of the communities in which we live and work.”
Following the bishop’s guidance, there will be no services at the cathedral this Sunday, March 15, and all activities and meetings will be moving online. Unfortunately, Stations of the Cross, Meditations on the Passion and mid-week Eucharists will therefore be cancelled.
While we will not be meeting in person, we will remain in community with one another, continuing to pray and show the love of Christ in other ways. We might think of this commitment as a new Lenten discipline in the service of the most vulnerable in our communities and indeed of all our neighbors.
This Sunday, you are invited to worship online with Presiding Bishop Michael Curry , who will preach and preside at an 11 a.m. Eucharist at Washington National Cathedral. The cathedral is closed until March 25 as part of the Diocese of Washington’s response to the coronavirus, and the service is being held solely for the purposes of streaming it online.
Starting Sunday, March 22, the Cathedral of St. Paul and St. Mark’s Church, Erie will offer a joint online worship service. We will be sharing links to this service in coming days through the weekly email, on the websites and Facebook.
If you or someone you know within the cathedral community does not have access to a computer or high-speed internet, please call the office at 814.452.3779, and we will provide remote worship opportunities as well as updates by phone.
We will remain in touch with you regularly to share information and updates as needed. Call the office at 814.452.3779 or reach our pastoral care line at 814.314.9439. I can also be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
I did not imagine my first Lenten season with you would look like this. Still, I am glad to be walking this path alongside you as we discover together new ways to be church assured of God’s loving presence and care during this difficult time. Please continue to pray for one another, for our community, and for the whole human family.
My prayers are with you.