Archbishop Calls for Fasting and Prayer on Good Friday
In response to the coronavirus pandemic that has consumed the world, Archbishop Foley Beach is calling for Anglicans to join in prayer and fasting this Good Friday, April 10 — uniting with our brothers and sisters in the Presbyterian Church.
An announcement released by the Anglican Church in North America says that “in such desperate times, the people of God should humble themselves and pray to their almighty God for his grace, mercy, and love to heal us, restore us, and relieve us from this crushing burden of disease.”
The call for prayer and fasting is “an historic, ecumenical event because the Presbyterian Church in America (PCA), the Evangelical Presbyterian Church (EPC) and the Anglican Church of North America (ACNA) have united for the first time to pray for God’s mercy and healing.”
The hope is that all 550,000 members of these three churches — plus other denominations that are aware of the event — have the opportunity to participate.
Archbishop Foley says, “Good Friday is one of the two days of prayer and fasting that all Anglicans are commended to observe. This Good Friday, April 10, is an especially appropriate time for everyone in the Anglican Church in North America to join with our Presbyterian brothers and sisters in Christ in this historic call to prayer and fasting. The Solemn Collects from our own Liturgy for Good Friday (BCP 2019 pgs. 566-571) are a helpful guide for prayer on this day.”
Please see the ACNA announcement here to download more resources, including Archbishop Foley’s ‘Guide to Prayer and Fasting’, and read more about this call to cry out to God together as one Body.