Churches prepare to mark Anglican Communion Sunday on 24 May

Churches around the world are preparing to mark Anglican Communion Sunday this weekend.

While some provinces set aside a different day for Anglican Communion Sunday, many hold it on the Sunday closest to the feast of Saint Augustine of Canterbury, who was sent by Pope Gregory to evangelise Britain in AD 595 and who is recognised as the very first Archbishop of Canterbury.

An international service had been planned to take place in London’s Westminster Abbey, but this has been cancelled because of the Covid-19 lockdown restrictions in England. The Primate of Hong Kong, Archbishop Paul Kwong, is Chair of the Anglican Consultative Council. He had been expected to preach at that service but will instead give the sermon in Sunday’s video-based worship service produced by the Anglican Communion Office.

That service, which will feature voices and languages from across the Communion, will be available online from 7pm GMT on Saturday 23 May at
[[] anglicancommunion.org/worship ].

It will be introduced and closed by the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon.

In addition, Dr Idowu-Fearon will be reading the New Testament lesson in an audio-based service produced by Westminster Abbey. That service will be available online at 8am GMT on Sunday 24 May at –
[ westminster-abbey.org/podcast ]

Anglican Communion Sunday is a day to pray and give thanks for the Anglican Communion and the bonds of affection that bind its member churches.