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Scottish bishops join faith leaders in prayers for those affected by coronavirus

Scottish bishops have come together with faith leaders across the UK in solidarity with those affected by the coronavirus.

Bishop Hugh Gilbert of Aberdeen took part in a UK-wide video conference, hosted on Wednesday April 1, which offered the opportunity to share their views on the situation in their respective areas.

The bishop joined Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Church of Scotland moderator Rt Rev Colin Sinclair, andEpiscopal Bishop Mark Strange. The Conference was organised by archbishop Justin Welby of the Church of England.

The group asked all Christians to pray together and support their neighbours in need throughout Holy Week.

Prayers for the affected

They said: “As church leaders from across the many and varied churches of these islands we urge all people to join us in prayer this Holy Week and Easter; to pray for those who suffer, those who face untimely death and all those who care for them; to celebrate our common faith at a difficult time; to help and support our neighbours in need; and to observe all the safeguards in place to slow the spread of the disease.”

The Scottish Church Leaders Forum welcomed the faith leaders’ move.

A letter, signed by Archbishop Leo Cushley and other faith leaders across Scotland, reads: “On behalf of the churches in Scotland, we are faced with a series of unprecedented challenges that are impacting upon every aspect of our society.

‘Threat to life’

“In the threat to life and livelihood being experienced by so many at this time, we are conscious of the need to remain open to the life of God and to the life of the world.

“In the course of this Holy Week, we know that we shall hear the words of our Lord Jesus Christ: ‘My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?’”

The church leaders added: “The experience of being abandoned and forsaken is not absent from the life of God lived out in this world. Equally, we are conscious that our faith affirms that this experience does not mark the boundary of the love of God.

Holy Week

“As we journey through this week, through Good Friday and on to the day of Resurrection, we pray:

“Lord of creation, be with us on this journey towards the healing of your world and people. Hold us when we feel alone, Larry us when we lose our strength and heal us when we are afraid.

“Let people of faith speak today with a voice of love, the love shown to us through the power of the Spirt and in the love and sacrifice of our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.”

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