On Wednesday, when we first received the news from our Archbishops, Andrew our weekday Verger suggested that we read and prayed the prayer ‘in time of any common plague or sickness’ from The Book of Common Prayer. What would have been a poignant prayer in 1662, still has resonance for us today, particularly in the situation we find ourselves in:
O Almighty God, who in thy wrath didst send a plague on thine own people in the wilderness, for their obstinate rebellion against Moses and Aaron; and also, in the time of King David, didst slay with the plague of pestilence three-score and ten thousand, and yet remembering thy mercy didst save the rest; have pity upon us miserable sinners, who now are visited with great sickness and mortality; that like as thou didst then accept an atonement, and didst command the destroying Angel to cease from punishing, so it may now please thee to withdraw from us this plague and grievous sickness; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Revd Graham M Buckle Vicar
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