The Government of Canada has now made it explicitly clear that all travellers who have recently returned to Canada must self-isolate for 14 days - and that includes me.
Please be assured that I am not currently showing any symptoms and feel perfectly normal. I will be working from home for the next two weeks on the following tasks:
- daily prayer, with Facebook livestream Evensong services at 4:30pm. My wife Amy will be singing hymns. For those who would like to follow along, I plan to post the liturgy soon.
- regular phone meetings with the parish leadership, including the wardens, treasurer, and communications team.
- pastoral phone calls to check-in with all persons on the parish list, giving priority to the elderly, the sick, the shut-in and those without internet access. If you are in need of prayer or would like to speak with me, or if you know of someone who would like to speak to a priest, please do not hesitate to contact me.
- helping to coordinate food and supply delivery as needed to parishoners who unable to shop for themselves. Thank you very much to our delivery volunteers Todd Hillhouse and Claire Olorenshaw. If you are also interested in helping out in this way, or know of someone in need of delivery, please contact me.
- website, e-blast and Facebook updates, prayers and devotional resources. (I would greatly appreciate your assistance in disseminating these resources to those without internet access, as I am unable to do so myself).
- long-term planning and sermon writing.
Tomorrow we celebrate the Feast of St. Patrick and I look forward to posting and sharing some resources for this special day. St. Patrick was no stranger to adversity, danger, tumult and uncertainty, and his famous prayer of protection* is of great comfort to us in such a time as this:
Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort and restore me,
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me, Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
* St. Patrick's Breastplate or 'Christ be with me' is available in various musical forms, both traditional and contemporary.