I’m writing to let everyone know that Bishop Thompson has directed that all Episcopal Churches shall be closed until further notice. An excerpt of his pastoral letter is below:
“I write to you in the midst of our historic health crises. It is truly difficult to comprehend the movement of the virus and the impact impeding us. We continue to monitor what experts advise and promptly implement new guidelines. It is with this in mind that I write to you.
Beginning Sunday, March 22, 2020 all Episcopal churches in the Diocese of Louisiana will close their doors. While this is a painful decision, the need to slow the virus is of utmost importance. Toward the end of the month we will re-evaluate and communicate updated information.”
Subsequent to the above announcement, he clarified that all midweek services should be cancelled effective immediately. So, until further notice, we will not conduct any liturgical services, Bible studies, Stations of the Cross, etc, for at least the next two weeks. This policy will be re-evaluated at the end of the month, and could well be extended further.
I am saddened by this turn of events, because it is times like these that beckon us to prayer and worship, and yet gathering together to do so could potentially exacerbate the problem. Although we cannot gather together, we can certainly pray and be attentive to the needs of those around us