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Seminarian Joe Hubbard shared the following in a recent issue of the e-Gospel (St. Mark’s weekly email to parishioners and others who subscribe):
“As we are being told to ‘socially distance’ ourselves from one another, many of us find a deep longing for community. One of the great gifts of St. Mark’s for me and my family has been that sense of community, a ‘home away from home.’ In the midst of the chaos and confusion of this pandemic, I have found myself longing for something more. When Michele suggested that a group of us offer compline to the St. Mark’s Community by Facebook Live, I jumped at the chance.
“Our first night, we had 490 people join the brief but beautiful service we streamed out into the interwebs from my reading chair. As we sat in silence and prayer, I watched as members of my St. Mark’s family, whom I have not seen in weeks, offered up their prayers in the comments section of the feed along with the prayers I offered on their behalf. I must admit, I have always been a little skeptical of how ‘virtual worship’ might work in practice. That night, I discovered that, despite our social distance, Spirit was up to something in our midst. And, for the first time in a long time, I felt peace.
“So, to all of you who have joined us for compline on Facebook Live, thank you. And, to all of you who have not, please join us at 8:30pm EST Monday through Saturday nights for Compline live-streamed on the St. Mark’s Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/wearestmarks/.
“From one of my favorite compline prayers,
‘Keep watch, dear Lord, with those who work, or watch, or weep this night, and give your angels charge over those who sleep. Tend the sick, Lord Christ; give rest to the weary, bless the dying, soothe the suffering, pity the afflicted, shield the joyous; and all for your love’s sake. Amen.'”