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Speaker's chaplain

MPs and staff worship virtually

Religious leaders in the Houses of Parliament are live-streaming services for MPs, peers and parliamentary staff to ensure they do not miss out on their weekly worship.

Revd Tricia Hillas, the Speaker's Chaplain, decided to take her Christian message to the airways, when social distancing and remote working practices made physical services impractical.

Instead of the usual Wednesday Communion gathering in the Chapel of St Mary Undercroft in Westminster Hall, members of the parliamentary community can join a 15-minute service of Anglican Morning Prayer from 0900 on Wednesdays.

“The one thing we all crave is to be together again,” said Revd Tricia. “While we cannot do that physically just yet, I hope that being able to do something jointly, through the act of worship, will offer some virtual warmth to those taking part.”

An email with news, resources and the text of a homily based on the readings for each week's service will be sent out to MPs, peers and staff wanting to take part.

Christians in Parliament are also offering an online service every Tuesday between 13:05-13:35 with hymns, prayers, a Bible reading and short talk.

Meanwhile, Canon Pat Browne will lead a live-streamed Roman Catholic Mass on Wednesdays at 18:00.

Photo: Jessica Taylor/ UK Parliament