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Archbishop of Canterbury records his Easter sermon from his KITCHEN

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 Archbishop of Canterbury records his Easter sermon from his KITCHEN

The Archbishop of Canterbury will lead the Easter Sunday service from his kitchen this weekend as churches are ordered to stay closed through the religious festival.

Most Rev Justin Welby, who normally presides over a congregation of 1,500 people at Canterbury Cathedral on Easter morning, recorded the service on his iPad at his London flat.

It comes as worshippers continue to be stuck at home during the coronavirus lockdown.

he Archbishop is set to call for ‘a resurrection of our common life’ during the sermon as well as hailing the courage of people working on the front line in response to the outbreak.

It is thought that he will say: ‘After so much suffering, so much heroism from key workers and the NHS, we cannot be content to go back to what was before as if all is normal.

‘There needs to be a resurrection of our common life.’

He will also acknowledge the uncertainty society is currently facing.

‘So many people right across the country are anxious about employment, food, are isolated from loved ones and feel that the future looks dark,’ he will tell a virtual congregation.

‘People right across the globe feel the same uncertainty, fear, despair, and isolation. But you are not alone.’

He will add: ‘In the resurrection of Jesus Christ, we have a hope that is surer than stone; than any architecture.

‘Even in the dark days of this Easter, we can feed on hope. We can dream of what our country and our world will look like after the pandemic.’

The service will be broadcast live on BBC Radio 4 on Sunday and available to watch on the Church of England’s website and Facebook page from 9am.

The Archbishop will be joined in the virtual service by his wife Caroline, who will read from the Book of Acts.

Other pre-recorded elements of the service, which will feature hymns, including The Rt Rev Rose Hudson-Wilkin, reading the Gospel and 10-year-old Theodore Levings, a member of All Saints Church in Canterbury, leading prayers.

The BBC service will finish with a national virtual congregation singing Thine Be The Glory, submitted by Radio 4 listeners in advance.

Churches across the country have been continuing to broadcast services digitally in the lead-up to Easter with more than 1,000 live streams taking place on a regular basis.

The Palm Sunday service was the third to be broadcast on the national Church of England channels since the suspension of public worship in church buildings due to the coronavirus outbreak.

A national service broadcast by the Archbishop of Canterbury last week which also featured on BBC Radio 4 and local radio stations, attracted around five million listeners and viewers.

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