In preparation for the upcoming February 16 Service of Repentance and Hope, commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation at St. George’s, Fredericksburg, the presiding bishop has invited the Diocese of Virginia to enter into several weeks of prayer.
To the people of the Diocese of Virginia:
I look forward to joining you on 16 February for a Service of Remembrance, Celebration, and
Witness as we seek to respond to our shared history of slavery and racism. In preparation for that
liturgical celebration, I would urge you and your congregation to pray together for this work on
the four preceding Sundays, beginning this week, 20 January. I commend two Prayer Book
collects for this purpose, For the Human Family (page 815) and For Social Justice (page 823). I
share with your bishop a hope that these may better prepare us for the liturgical work and
celebration we will do in marking the 150th anniversary of the Emancipation Proclamation on
With my own prayers for your ministry in serving God’s mission of healing, I remain
Your servant in Christ,
Katharine Jefferts Schori
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