I was sent this prayer by a friend of ours who is a member of the Cursillo 4th Day Community in Peterborough. A very thoughtful view on one of the daily rituals that we have become used to and one that we will perhaps have to live with for some time to come. I share it with you as I am sure that many of us are becoming weary of the pandemic and the limitations it has put on us. We should also take this opportunity to pray alongside and for our brothers and sisters in London and Southwark, Blackburn, Southwell and Nottingham, Chelmsford, Sheffield, St. Asaph, St. Davids , Leeds, Coventry, York and Chester as well as those in other Diocese affected by Tier 2 and 3 Covid restrictions.

Prayer by the Moderator of the United Church of Canada, Richard Bott,
on ‘Putting on your Mask’.

Creator,
as I prepare to go into the world,
help me to see the sacrament
in the wearing of this cloth –
let it be “an outward sign
of an inward grace” –
a tangible and visible way of living
love for my neighbours,
as I love myself.

Christ,
since my lips will be covered,
uncover my heart,
that people would see my smile
in the crinkles around my eyes.
Since my voice may be muffled,
help me to speak clearly,
not only with my words,
but with my actions.

Holy Spirit,
As the elastic touches my ears,
remind me to listen carefully –
and full of care –
to all those I meet.
May this simple piece of cloth be
shield and banner,
and each breath that it holds,
be filled with your love.
In your Name and
in that love,
I pray.
May it be so.
May it be so.

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