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Dear Friends,

Never in my ministry did I think I would have to write a letter such as this, but in the light of the letter from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York, and that of the College of Bishop of London, endorsed by the Bishop of Fulham there is no choice but to say there will be no Mass at St Magnus this Sunday, nor on any Sundays until further notice.

The church will be closed also throughout the week. There will therefore be no midweek 12.30 mass.

I don’t need to spell out the reason. Everyone is at risk in contracting the virus, some more than others.

Events are changing so rapidly that it would be futile to speculate on how long this situation might last, but could we at least make a commitment to pause at 11.00 on Sundays, read through the readings for the day, which I shall ask Alan to post on the webpage along with the collect. Then at 12.00 to say the Angelus.

There is a suggestion that at 7.00pm on Sunday you place a candle in a window of your home where it can be seen from outside, as a sign of Christ our Light, remembering the words of St John which we hear every Sunday: “In him was life, and the life was the light of men: and the light shineth in the darkness, and the darkness comprehendeth it not.”

We are looking at other ways in which we may keep connected in soul and spirit, so please check the website and Facebook page for details. Obviously, I shall be checking my email regularly, so please do be in touch.

With every blessing,

Fr Philip