Masked worshipers today see the Archbishop of Canterbury leading a Christmas Day service to a socially remote congregation.
Justin Welby hopes to refer to the “Year of Anxiety” in his Christmas post, coughing after coronovirus turns into a “real danger”.
Then comes Cardinal Vincent Nicholls who spoke of “quiet heroism” at the Midnight Mass at Westminster Cathedral.
The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived in Canterbury Cathedral this morning in a festive service on a black, polka-dot face.
Justin Welby (pictured) is expected to refer to the ‘Year of Anxiety’ in his Christmas post, with coronovirus turning cough into a ‘real danger’.
A masked and socially distant congregation saw the Archbishop of Canterbury leading the Christmas Day service this morning.
During his Christmas message, he would ask Christians to resist the temptation to see the virus in their lives as “before and after”.
Communal acts of worship are permitted in the UK, although most of the country is upgrading to Level 4 this week.
Last night Midnight Mass was held online only at Westminster Cathedral. In his sermon, Cardinal Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster, said: “In the darkness of this epidemic, many of our comforting beliefs have been shaken.
“Here we are, celebrating Christmas, but deprived of greetings, hugs, kisses and handshakes that usually fill this day.
He said acts of kindness “entered the darkness” and praised “disgusting kindness, quiet heroism” and “notable community efforts”.
During his Christmas message, he would ask Christians to resist the temptation to see the virus in their lives as “before and after”. Photographed with protective gloves before communication
On Sunday, Welby urged superiors not to be “prudent” and to feel “obliged” to attend church services.
He said that people should instead try to “get out, get some fresh air” and “watch something on TV”, focusing on what they can do instead. .
On the BBC’s Andrew Marr Show, Mr Welby was asked what his advice would be for an 80-year-old man who wants to go to church on Christmas day.
He replied, “I would say that I would be better off as much as I do.
“Don’t feel like you, do what makes sense.”
The Right Reverend Robert Willis, Dean of Canterbury Cathedral, distributes the communion to worshipers during the Christmas Day service
The Archbishop of Canterbury arrived at the celebration service this morning at Canterbury Cathedral in a black and polka dot face.
Mr. Welby wore a blue surgical face mask as he distributed incense during service
“My mother, who is 90 years old, will not go to church, I am sure, because it is very dangerous.”
“There are pastors who have underlying health issues that will not go to church.
“I am in church, God is ready, and for your 80 years, I will tell you that if you are fit enough, get some fresh air, if you are good enough to walk.
But talk to people, watch something on TV. Call Asha Rekha, you can find the number for that, which are services, especially Christmas prayers and carols and discussions for Christmas.
“Do what you can, not what you can.
When it was suggested to Mr. Wellby that if people go to church they should stay away from the choir, he said, “The choir always keeps me away from them because my voice is very bad.
“But yes, to quote the Dean of Canterbury, get away from the choir and above all, don’t join after the service, greet the people happily and leave.