The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have invited all to pause and reflect to remember the more than 100,000 people across the UK who have died after contracting Covid-19 and all those who know and love them.

The inivation to join  the Archbishops in pausing, reflecting and praying everyday from Monday 1st February at 6pm is for everyone – whether they have faith or not.

The archbishops write: “100,000 isn’t just an abstract figure. Each number is a person: someone we loved and someone who loved us. We also believe that each of these people was known to God and cherished by God. We write to you then in consolation, but also in encouragement, and ultimately in the hope of Jesus Christ. The God who comes to us in Jesus knew grief and suffering himself. On the cross, Jesus shares the weight of our sadness.”

The full letter is available here 20210126 Letter to the nation

We remember before God those who have died
and we pray that God’s love will surround all who mourn them, now and always
Gracious God,
as we remember before you the thousands who have died,
surround us and all who mourn with your strong compassion.
Be gentle with us in our grief,
protect us from despair,
and give us grace to persevere
and face the future with hope
in Jesus Christ our risen Lord.
Amen.