This page will be updated with messages from members of our clergy and practical information surrounding the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Thursday 2 April | The Rev'd Abi Thompson, Sub Dean

In October 2019 we launched our Space Voyage week with a Mass on the Moon. This film captures the service, and the collaboration of musicians from the choir of St Luke’s Chelsea and the band from Soul Survivor. We remembered the moment that Buzz Aldrin received Holy Communion shortly after having landed on the surface of the moon and we prayed for our damaged earth. Projected upon the figure of Christ hanging on the cross was an image of the world, spinning round and round... This time of fearful uncertainty has reminded me of this service, and the opportunity we shared to imagine we were standing upon the surface of the moon, gazing at the earth turning. It feels right now as if our lives are in free fall, and yet that image of the broken Saviour embracing the world is etched upon my mind. We’re all falling, says the poet Rainer Maria Rilke, ‘but there is One who holds this falling infinitely softly in His hands.’

Wednesday 25 March | The Feast of the Annunciation, The Very Rev'd Dr Jeffrey John, Dean of St Albans 

"Greetings, favoured one! The Lord is with you." - Luke 1.28

Today marks the Feast of the Annunciation, when the Angel Gabriel announced to Mary that she would be the mother of Jesus. Head over to our YouTube channel for the Dean's reflections.

Tuesday 24 March | A Prayer for Lockdown, Association of English Cathedrals

The doors of the house where the disciples had met were locked. (John 20.19) 

Ever present God, 
be with us in our isolation, 
be close to us in our distancing, 
be healing in our sickness, 
be joy in our sadness, 
be light in our darkness, 
be wisdom in our confusion, 
be all that is familiar when all is unfamiliar, 
that when the doors reopen 
we may with the zeal of Pentecost 
inhabit our communities 
and speak of your goodness 
to an emerging world. 
For Jesus’ sake. 

Thursday 19 March | The Rev'd Abi Thompson, Sub Dean

Keep us safe, Lord, in these uncertain times. Surround the anxious with your love, the lonely with your presence and the sick with your protection. Sustain all health workers and those on the front line of treating the ill, and uphold all who wait with a loved one who is unwell. We pray for our local community here in St Albans, and remember especially those whose jobs and livelihoods are at risk. Give us courage, Lord, to be people of hope in the coming weeks, and fill our hearts with compassion and love.

God says to each of us…‘Do not be afraid… for you are precious in my sight, and honoured and I love you’ (Isaiah 43)