Cathedrals lead historic prayer amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted on March 18, 2020 
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“For the first time since the second world war, Anglican Cathedrals in Sydney, Parramatta and Wollongong will lead public prayer for their cities as the effects of the pandemic grow.

Because of the social-distancing measures in force, ministers at each of the Cathedrals will lead prayer, in the open, on the steps of their buildings. …

At St Andrew’s Cathedral in the city, the Dean of Sydney, Kanishka Raffel said prayer was part of the life of the cathedral, but especially so now.

‘We pray regularly for the life and welfare of the City of Sydney at the Cathedral. …

Most of all we want to call people to remember Jesus’ invitation to turn to him, with all our weariness and burdens, to find the rest that only he can provide.’”

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Bishops lead prayers on church steps as visitors keep social distanceSydney Morning Herald.