Marking just over a year since the first person in the UK died of Covid 19, Salisbury Cathedral has launched a virtual community of prayer and light to reflect a year of hope, sadness and joy that has challenged us all.
Anyone can take part. All you need to do is light your candle, take a photograph of it and upload it to the dedicated Light a Candle page on the Cathedral website, adding your dedication by using the form opposite your uploaded picture.
There are many reasons to light candle – to say thank you for someone who has helped you out during the pandemic, a message of appreciation for support you have received from community services, an expression of hope, or simply a prayer for a loved one or other situation to bring comfort to yourself and others. The choice is yours.
Your dedication will be also added to our prayer list inside the Cathedral used by the clergy in the course of daily worship – and a real candle will be lit in the Cathedral for every virtual candle uploaded. Your message can also be easily shared on social media.
Lighting candles in prayer is an ancient Christian custom. The burning flame symbolises the presence of Christ, the light of the world, and represents hope.
The Dean of Salisbury, The Very Revd Nicholas Papadopulos said:
“Everyone has been touched by the pandemic, and we hope that Light a Candle will allow people to give voice to their particular experiences of it - their grief, their thanks, their hope. These will together amount to a shared record of these times: of those who have helped us, of those who are sick, of those who have recovered and, very sadly, of those who have died.”
Anna Macham, Canon Precentor said:
“Each candle lit on our virtual page will be mirrored in the Cathedral, uniting the virtual and the real worlds in which our worship currently exists. We will remember those mentioned in our prayers and as we do so, reflecting on the profound changes this virus has made to all our lives and giving thanks for the strength, courage and hope that is being demonstrated by so many during this pandemic.”
Light a Candle goes live today, Tuesday 2 February - add yours here today.