During the coronavirus outbreak, the Bishop of Portsmouth’s team have been sending out an email to all the parishes, updating us on the situation and what resources are available. It is certainly the strangest Easter period that any of us will have lived through, but here are a few things that might be of interest at this difficult time.

MAUNDY THURSDAY
11am: Bishop Christopher is hosting a service at which licensed ministers are invited to renew their vows, in lieu of the annual Chrism Eucharist. It will be available to watch on the diocese’s Youtube channel here: https://youtu.be/J2QbN7aDYDM and you are welcome to download an order of service in advance from here: https://bit.ly/2USYzHf.

GOOD FRIDAY
9.30am: Diocesan schools adviser Sue Bowen will present a broadcast designed to explain the significance of the cross for children, from her home and garden. Tune in on our Youtube channel on www.youtube.com/portsmouthdiocese. The video will also be posted on the diocesan website here: https://bit.ly/33GRRqD

10am: Cathedral clergy will present an all-age service, during which children will be invited to use everyday items from around the house to explore the significance of the cross (details of which items you might need are here: https://bit.ly/2XvNpdx). It will be streamed live on their Facebook page here:www.facebook.com/portsmouthcathedral

12noon-3pm: the Dean of Portsmouth will present a series of addresses, readings, prayers and music for Good Friday, followed at 2pm by the Liturgy of the Passion. Details here:https://bit.ly/2XvNpdx

EASTER EVE:
8pm: Bishop Christopher will present a short address the night before Easter Sunday via Facebook Live. Details: https://bit.ly/3aUtLeP. The video will also be posted on the diocesan website here:https://bit.ly/33GRRqD

EASTER SUNDAY:
9am: Bishop Christopher will present an Easter celebration from his home via both the Diocesan and Cathedral Facebook pages. Among those featured will be three choristers from Portsmouth Cathedral who will be singing from their own home. Details here: https://bit.ly/2Xjvjez The video will also be posted on the diocesan website here: https://bit.ly/33GRRqD

5.30pm: An Easter celebration from Portsmouth Cathedral, including an address from the Dean, will be broadcast on the cathedral’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/portsmouthcathedral.

DAILY:
Daily videoed prayers will also continue to be available, Monday to Saturday, at around 8am each day, via Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and on this page of our website: https://bit.ly/33GRRqD

I do hope that you are coping, and do please let me know if there is anything you need. We are all in this together, and there is always someone who will be able to help out with things that may be causing you difficulty.

With very best wishes for Easter – and here’s to next year!