Military Ordinary of Australia
NATIONAL ANZAC DAY MASS 2020
RESPONSE TO CORONAVIRUS COVID 19 MANAGEMENT
The current and developing spread of the coronavirus COVID 19 in our community has demanded significant and deliberate responses to limit the spread of the infection. This has included limitations imposed both Federal and State/Territory Governments on the numbers of people assembling.
Following that advice and being mindful that the number that usually attends the National ANZAC Day Mass far exceeds the limit defined by the Government declaration I have decided to cancel the public celebration of Mass on Anzac Day in St. Christopher’s Cathedral this year. I would also note that a great many of those who habitually participate in this Mass are of an age that increases the seriousness of the consequences on their health should they become infected.
There are two principal elements for our gathering to celebrate Mass on this day each year. One is to offer Mass for the repose of the souls of those who have died in battle or as a result of service to our beloved country. The other is to implore the grace of peace between all the nations of this world. While we cannot gather to celebrate the Mass this year for these intentions, we can and must spend the time in prayer for both of those intentions. This is, after all, only a reflection of the duty so generously given by those who have served us and those who continue to serve. Our promise to remember them takes many forms and for us especially our dedicated prayer for the repose of their souls is a precious remembrance and duty. Let us overcome the gloom of our sadness by embracing the light of Hope that accompanies the Lord’s promise of eternal life.
Please God we will be able to gather together once more for this specific purpose next year.
Eternal rest grant to them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine on them. May their souls rest in peace.