Coronavirus Update: Funeral Rites, Glen 20, and Holy Week Broadcasts


The Liturgy Committee of the Scottish Episcopal Church has produced abbreviated funeral rites for use in the current crisis. Every Diocesan Bishop has approved these for use in their respective diocese. The document can be accessed (in both Word and pdf formats) via the provincial website at

In further news, some of you may be aware already that Glen 20, the Provincial Youth Week, has had to be cancelled, unfortunately, because of coronavirus. However, a full package of support for current and would-be delegates has been put in place, and Glen leaders and delegates will be gathering together online for worship. Letters have been sent to delegates and leavers to inform them of the cancellation, and further details are available on the provincial website at

Finally, a full programme of provincial broadcasts during Holy Week is now available, subject to any enforced late changes. The broadcasts will be available on YouTube and facebook, and further details will be published on the provincial website at

The schedule is as follows:

Maundy Thursday, 6pm: The Rt Rev Ian Paton & the Rev Canon Dr Carrie Applegarth celebrate a Eucharist from their home in Perth.
Good Friday, 2.30pm: The service will include the Passion Narrative and the Veneration of the Cross, and will be led by the Rt Rev Anne Dyer, Bishop of Aberdeen & Orkney.
Holy Saturday, 8.30pm: The Easter Vigil will be led by the Primus, the Most Rev Mark Strange, from his home in Arpafeelie.
Easter Sunday, 11am: The Rt Rev Ian Paton & the Rev Canon Dr Carrie Applegath will celebrate the Eucharist in private from St Ninian’s Cathedral, Perth.

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