14th July 2020
Archdeacon Christopher writes…
On Sunday I went to church in Angola. Thanks to the wizardry of Zoom I was able to see old friends and send greetings. During their lockdown they are holding one online diocesan service every Sunday, with the bishop presiding and the equivalent of each deanery in turn providing a preacher, intercessor, readers, and music. Please pray for them and the rest of sub-Saharan Africa as Covid-19 tightens its grip.
One of the good things about worshipping with my Angolan friends on Sunday was that I didn’t understand a lot of what was going on! Worshipping in an unfamiliar language, in this case Portuguese, means that you have to go with the flow. There are sufficient signposts to get you through, but you don’t need to bother about any infelicities of language, taste, or theology – you don’t get entangled by the words. Back to Latin, anyone?
Actually, the liturgical use of Latin seems to be one of the few subjects on which the House of Bishops hasn’t issued guidance recently. The flow seems to be slowing down somewhat but there are a few revisions to remind you of today. Thank you for your patience in assimilating and interpreting all this information. And, when you do find loopholes or discrepancies, thank you for not pointing that out too often! I continue to be impressed by the calm resilience in what you are doing, or, rather, what we are doing together, which bodes well for the future, whatever that might bring.
The blessing from the confirmation of election service for
Archbishop Stephen Geoffrey Cottrell as the 98th Archbishop of York
May the love of our good and generous God
guide and protect you;
may the hope of the gospel sustain you
and bring you joy;
when you are lost or lonely,
when the road ahead seems hard,
or when the darkness gathers,
may the light and peace of Christ be yours;
and the blessing of Almighty God,
the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit,
be among you and remain with you always.