Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
Paschal greetings to all. I hope everyone had a pleasant Easter Day, even though it was without the celebration with which we are accustomed. We continue to wait for the governmental agencies to revise or lift the current restrictions. In the meantime, we will continue our schedule of three Low Masses on Sunday at 7:30am, 9:30am, and 11:00am, along with a mid-week Mass Wednesday evening at 6:30pm. The news about effective drugs for treating the virus are exciting, particularly as cities and states have begun extensive testing to verify whether these drugs are efficacious. Also, you might be interested in this video interview from the Hoover Institute at Stanford University. The Hoover Institution deals with economics, the interview is with a researcher at Stanford School of Medicine (link below) one of the foremost research universities in the country:
research/questioning- conventional-wisdom-covid-19- crisis-dr-jay-bhattacharya
There is some interesting and straightforward talk about the virus itself, the kind of testing that needs to be conducted to really know what we are dealing with, and the balance between disease prevention and economic impacts. I asked that all continue in their prayers for those afflicted by the disease and their families, and to remember all those who have lost their jobs and their businesses due to the response to this threat. Please pray for peace and calm during this time.
The same general guidelines remain in place. If you are in a high-risk category, please stay home. If you are feeling sick, even with minor symptoms, please stay home.
If you stay home, please join us in Spiritual Communion using the link below or the form from the Saint Augustine‘s Prayer Book to stay united with those who are able to be physically present for the Mass:
attachments/public/documents/ 3217538/Spiritual_Communion. pdf (From the St. Augustine’s Prayer Book - thanks David Neff for finding this online!)
During this time I strongly urge you to remain constant in your personal prayer, and in praying the Daily Offices (which you are praying in concert with the Anglican church throughout the world).
Some additional resources for "social distancing" worship:
- The Book of Common Prayer on-line: http://commonprayer.org/
- Cradle of Prayer (audio of the Daily Offices): https://cradleofprayer.org
- St. Matthews Church Newport Beach (updates from Bp. Scarlett and streaming services): https://stmatthewsnewport.com - Main page and links
- To Join Morning Prayer: https://bluejeans.com/
543212300 (Meeting ID543 212 300)
- To Join Evening Prayer: https://bluejeans.com/
230012345 (Meeting ID 230012345)
- Sunday Mass: Click Here to View the Livestream
- Anglican Catholic Church - statement by Archbishop Haverland http://www.anglicancatholic.
org/news/Archbishop- Haverland-issues-statement-on- COVID-19
- Stanford University School of Medicine: https://med.stanford.edu/
- Johns Hopkins University: https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/
- New England Journal of Medicine: https://www.nejm.org
Also, on a personal note: It is also important to understand that some states are reporting Covid deaths as including those who have the disease at the time of death, but the virus was not the cause of death. These numbers are important to understand so that we can appreciate the real risk and plan accordingly.
Stay safe, use all reasonable precautions, and try to stay calm as well. God bless you all.
Your servant in Christ,