Dear friends in Christ,
Recently we have heard news that the Corona virus has now spread into Canada. Though only two cases are known so far (in Toronto) many of us remember the SARS crisis and the precautions that were needed when it came close to our communities.
First, our prayers are extended to those who are ill with this virus and those who are caring for them, especially those at the epicentre of this outbreak in China.
So far there has been no call from public health officials for additional measures in public activities. However it is prudent to ensure that we have reviewed our practices in pastoral care and public worship to keep everyone, especially the most vulnerable due to age or infirmity, safe and to allay fears that may arise.
Here are some areas to consider in your parish:
Hygiene practices in pastoral care and worship
If concern about the common cup is expressed:
Alternatives to common cup:
I pray that our common life in worship and pastoral care will be rooted in the compassion of Christ and appropriate care for one another in a time of uncertainty.
With prayers for all,
The Most Rev. Linda Nicholls
Archbishop and Primate, Anglican Church of Canada
A .PDF of the Primate's statement is available below for downloading