Earlier this week, we reached a grim milestone in the Coronavirus pandemic. As the UK passes 100,000 deaths, today we lit 100 candles – each remembering one thousand loved ones who have sadly passed away.
The candles have been placed around our baptismal font as a reminder; grief cannot be measured by statistics alone, each person carries with them a unique beauty and dignity. Though death feels decisive and final, Christians believe that love never dies and that Gods love will finally gather all things and all people into His embrace, so that no one is finally lost.
As we give thanks for the tireless work of the medical staff at the vaccination site in the Brighton Centre, and others across the country, we pay tribute to the emergency services staff who have continued to care for our loved ones in these difficult times.
We at All Saints continue to pray and offer our condolences to those who have lost a loved one during the pandemic.
A Prayer to use during this time
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy
in this time of uncertainty and distress.
Sustain and support the anxious and fearful,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may rejoice in your comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from you love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.