Each and every day since the pandemic lockdown hit England in March 2020, Dean Robert Willis has offered morning prayer from the beautiful and varied grounds of the Canterbury Cathedral deanery. He "went viral" early in the pandemic when one of his cats stole the show, and his congregation has grown ever since.
Part of the informal service includes a "this day in history" reflection or a celebration of a holiday or festival. Listening to a service in February that was infused throughout with music in celebration of the Lunar New Year inspired us at St. Clement's to spend this year paying more conscious attention to the many different countries and cultures in the worldwide Anglican Communion. Saying the peace in different languages throughout Eastertide is one manifestation of that goal!
We let Canterbury know that the Dean's morning prayer sparked this endeavour at St. Clement's and they asked us to submit a piece for their newsletter. We even took a special photo greeting for them, which you can see above. The story was published in time for their Easter edition and you can read it right here!