CORONOVIRUS. RESPONSE FROM THE SEC . CANCELLATION OF CHURCH SERVICES

Diocese of Glasgow and Galloway

April 2

Prayers in a time of pandemic

The Liturgy Committee has created the following intercessions for use during the pandemic:

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Intercessions for use during the pandemic

Words in italics are suggestions, to be used, adapted, or added to, as necessary.

We pray to the LORD,
to the God who is our shelter and strength,
always ready to help in times of trouble.

We pray for our communities:

for the elderly, confined to their homes and separated from family and support; for children, removed from school; for those who have lost their source of income; for those who fear for their home; for those who have no home; for those offering extraordinary, everyday kindness; for …

Silent prayer

The LORD of hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Lord, you are in the midst of us:
help us in our time of trouble.

[We pray for the young and those in education:

for those anxious about examinations, a place at university, or employment; for those worried about loved ones and friends; for those concerned about their own health; for…

Silent prayer

The LORD of hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Lord, you are our refuge and strength:
let us not be afraid, even though the world is changed.

We pray for key workers:

for all medical staff and hospital workers, who go to work knowing the risks they face; for medical researchers, seeking ways to prevent and to cure; for social workers, protecting the vulnerable; for care workers, providing contact and support to those who have no other help; for teachers, worrying about their charges; for farmers, delivery and shop workers, keeping the nation provisioned; for cleaners, fighting the spread of infection; for…

Silent prayer

The LORD of hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Lord, be with us in our time of need:
help us to do what has been asked of us,
and give us grace to help others do what has been asked of them.]

We pray for the world:

for the leaders of the nations and their governments; for areas most besieged by the pandemic; for broken places where healthcare and resources are scarce, and the pandemic brings further suffering; for…

Silent prayer

The LORD of hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Lord, may the nations hear your voice:
and know that you are God,
supreme among the nations,
supreme over all the world.

We pray for those who are sick:

for those afflicted with coronavirus; for those with other illnesses and conditions which leave them vulnerable; for those with poor mental health; for all who suffer; remembering especially … 

Silent prayer

The LORD of hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Lord, we trust in you, because your love is constant:
bring us comfort and healing,
for you are always willing to save.

We pray for the Church:

for our fellow members in the body of Christ throughout the world; for the Scottish Episcopal Church; for N., our bishop, the College of bishops, the clergy, lay ministers, and all the people in their care; for our hospital and hospice chaplains; for all who minister to the sick and the dying; for…

Silent prayer

The LORD of hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge. 

Lord, you are in the midst of us:
keep us fearless in proclaiming your Word and works,
and make us to be lights in the darkness.

We pray for those who have died:

for those taken suddenly; for those taken unexpectedly; for the families they leave behind; for their friends; for those who have died alone; for … ; and for those who have no one to remember them.

Silent prayer

The LORD of hosts is with us.
The God of Jacob is our refuge.

Lord, may those who have waited for you
and hoped in your word
know your steadfast love face to face.

We offer up our hopes and fears,
our joys and sorrows
to God, our refuge and strength. 

Lord, listen to our prayers,
and hear the voice of our supplications,
as we, who trust in your word,
eagerly await your help:
for you are the God of our salvation.
This we ask through your Son, our Saviour, Jesus Christ. Amen.

Some prayers for use during the pandemic 

God of all mercy and compassion,
life and death are in your hands.

Hear our prayers in this time of illness and infection,
of isolation, fear, and uncertainty:
for the sick, and those weighed down by pain, distress,
loneliness, and anxiety;
for all who care for them, conscious of the risks they bear;
and for those who have responsibility for public health and social order.

Hear the cry of the afflicted and let them be comforted,
so that all who suffer may come to know
that they are joined to the sufferings of Christ,
who gave his life for the salvation of the world;
and by your blessing on them and those who care for them,
may they be restored, according to your will,
to soundness of body and mind,
and offer you joyful thanks in your Church.

Through Jesus Christ, your Son, our Lord,
who lives and reigns with you
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever.


God of our Salvation,
you have ordained that we should serve you
in serving one another.

Look upon this nation,
burdened at this time with many cares and anxieties,
with infection, sickness, and untimely death.

Grant us grace to work together,
with honest and faithful hearts,
each caring for the good of all;
that, striving first for your kingdom and its righteousness,
we may have added to us all things that we need
for our daily sustenance
and the common good.

Through Jesus Christ, our Lord.

(Based on a prayer of Geoffrey Fisher)


O God, whose love we cannot measure,
nor even number thy blessings:
we bless and praise thee for all thy goodness,
who in our weakness art our strength,
in our darkness, light,
in our sorrows, comfort and peace,
and from everlasting to everlasting art our God,
Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, world without end.

(Supplement to the Indian Book of Common Prayer)


The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked (John 20. 19)

Ever-present God,
be with us in our isolation,
be close to us in our distancing,
be healing in our sickness,
be joy in our sadness,
be light in our darkness,
be wisdom in our confusion,
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar,
that when the doors reopen
we may with the zeal of Pentecost
inhabit our communities
and speak of your goodness
to an emerging world.
For Jesus’ sake.

(A prayer by Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark)

March 18

At the end of an unprecedented day in the history of the Scottish Episcopal Church, the Primus, Bishop Mark Strange, reflects on a painful but necessary decision to suspend church services, and his belief that the way we now engage as we care for each other will make us stronger people, who will find new ways to communicate with others about what is special to us about Christ.

“We are still here to spread the love of God by the way we respond; still here to encourage other people to turn to Christ; still here doing the work and mission of the church, just in a different way.”

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Due to the current epidemic, as from today (17 March) the Scottish Episcopal Church has decided to cancel all church services until further notice. As soon as services are streamed online, we’ll let you know.

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Scottish Episcopal Church

As part of our response to the developing Coronavirus (COVID-19) situation, a group of communications workers within the Scottish Episcopal Church is working on the imminent introduction of regular broadcasts of worship, to be made available to those in our congregations and across the country who have decided to self-isolate or who are otherwise unable to attend Church at this time.

It is recognised that even though places of worship have been told by the Scottish Government that they do not have to close their doors, there are people who will not want to attend church during the current crisis despite all the measures being taken to protect the vulnerable in our midst.

The planned broadcasts, the first of which will be on Sunday 22 March and thereafter weekly, will be made available as widely as possible to as many members as possible, with special considerations made to try to reach and include in some way those who are unable to access the internet and those with accessibility requirements. The intention is to offer worship that directly involves those who are in their homes, if possible. We can worship together and pray together, despite the geographical separation.

Further details will be published early next week to clergy, lay readers, diocesan and vestry secretaries, but in the meantime any Church member who is interested in participating and and any Church able to host the filming of a service or prayer meeting should contact the SEC Digital Communications Co-ordinator at aidans@scotland.anglican.org

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Friday 13 March:
The Scottish Episcopal Church (SEC) today issues updated guidance from the College of Bishops on how members and clergy should respond to the spread of COVID-19.
https://scotland.anglican.org/coronavirus-updates/