The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and the Archbishop of York Stephen Cottrell, have issued a call to the nation to pause and reflect – remembering the more than 100,000 people across the UK who have died after contracting Covid-19, and all those who know and love them. In an open letter, the Archbishops invited everyone across England – whether they have faith or not – to pause, reflect on the “enormity of this pandemic” and to pray. The letter also included an invitation to everyone – whether they have faith or not – to join the archbishops in pausing and praying each day at 6pm from Monday 1 February.

Prayer resources can be found on The Church of England and 24-7 Prayer websites. Acknowledging the wider impact of the pandemic on the whole of society through loneliness, anxiety and economic hardship, they invited people to “cast their fears on God”. In the letter they also gave thanks for NHS and social care staff, who they described as “a blessing and lifeline for our nation”; for clergy, other frontline workers and “so many good neighbours”. They also urged people to support each other, both by following the guidelines to limit the spread of the virus, and in practical ways, reaching out in care and kindness.

In case you missed it, watch Archbishop Justin Welby’s Facebook Live prayer session launching @PrayerForTheNation.