Light a candle for hope!

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At 7 pm this evening, Christians in the United Kingdom participated  #Light a Candle for Hope: a National Call to Prayer.
Here’s an excerpt of the article at that link:
Presidents of Churches Together in England have issued a call to prayer in the light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This is for all churches and people of prayer to join on Sunday 22nd March, Mothering Sunday.

They write….

This Mothering Sunday, 22nd March, we are calling all churches to a National Day of Prayer and Action. At such a time as this, when so many are fearful and there is great uncertainty, we are reminded of our dependence on our loving Heavenly Father and the future that he holds.

At 7pm this Sunday, light a candle in the windows of your homes as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

Whether you are continuing to worship as congregations or not, we have the great privilege and freedom to be able to call upon God, wherever we are, individually and corporately, for healing in our nation. We would pray for all in leadership at this time, making decisions about the containment of the COVID-19 virus, for those working in health and social care, and especially for the most vulnerable, whether elderly or those with underlying health conditions.”

Let’s do that in North America tonight at 7 pm.
Interestingly,  I received the following email from a member of our parish on Thursday. It suggests lighting the candle and praying between 8 pm and 9 pm each evening.
Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

The challenges of these present days are unfamiliar.  Perhaps they have us feeling more cold, distant, suspicious, and despondent toward our neighbour. This is not in keeping with the hope and charity which animate our Christian lives. There is still much to be thankful for in this time when we are unable to gather safely in our churches to worship God, to give thanks, to pray for our needs, and to support one another by our physical presence.

And so, I invite you to step into our Christian tradition, which is an anchor in uncertain times, and join together in prayer. Each evening between 8pm and 9pm place a lit candle visibly in a window of your homes. Please take time during that hour to pray. This could include praying Compline from the Divine Office/Liturgy of the Hours, praying the Rosary or the Jesus Prayer, or reading and meditating on Holy Scripture. Please also take time to offer prayers for delivery from affliction and for an increase in hope. Let our neighbours know that Christians are praying for them and for our local community at this time. Let our hope in the Risen Lord shine into the night dispelling fear and anxiety, and that He may heal our afflictions through His peace and great mercy.

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PLEASE SHARE THIS WIDELY WITH ALL OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS IN CHRIST.

WARNING: Please be careful and do not leave a lit flame in a room unattended.

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