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In light of government guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have regretfully advised us that public worship is suspended until further notice. We hope that you will understand that this difficult decision is essential if we are to minimise the risk of transmission among our community.
During this challenging period, you will still hear the Abbey bell toll every morning and evening as the daily offices are said privately inside, and we hope this sign of the continuance of the daily pattern will bring our community some comfort.
The Abbey also remains open for private prayer every day between 9.30am and 4.30pm, when we welcome people of all faiths and none to come here for peace, prayer and reflection. During these hours we encourage you to find a quiet space for your own thoughts within the Abbey, while maintaining a 2-metre distance from others in line with social distancing guidelines.
Whether you are in the Abbey, at home, or still managing to go about your business, we encourage you to explore the many alternatives to public worship which are available.
These include the daily service broadcast each morning on BBC Radio 4, the official Church of England Daily Prayer app, and the Church of England #LiveLent reflections available online. You may wish to choose a book of the Bible and read and reflect upon a chapter each day, or you may take comfort in reading the daily services, prayers and psalms in the Book of Common Prayer.
Obviously, the situation is changing day by day and we refer you to the Church of England website for general updates. .
In the meantime, our prayers are with you all.