Resources for Coronavirus Lockdown, South Africa

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Latest Update: June 23, 2020

Changes for this update: New material is added at the top of each section

  • Green Anglicans weekly service
  • Prayers for Corpus Christi
  • Litany in a time of COVID-19
  • Guide to Online Liturgies
  • Pentecost Moments – A Reflection

Text resources

Green Anglicans

Green Anglicans is posting a weekly service onto YouTube each week. Join this WhatsApp group to receive it as soon as it is up:

Corpus Christi Prayers

Three sets of prayers for Corpus Christi, the last pertaining to this time of the lockdown, from Betty Govinden, Parish of St Aidan’s, Durban

Litany in a time of COVID-19

A Litany by Melvin Soriano of Pasadena, California, adapted for South African use by Wilma Jakobsen:

Guide to Online Liturgies

From the Diocese of Saldanha Bay:

Pentecost Moments and Soul Food

Poems, readings and writing by Bob Commin and friends:

St Mary’s Church in the Parish of Kingsburgh, in the Diocese of Natal, offers a virtual Stations of the Cross online:

A LITANY FOR THE CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC – there have been a number of requests for this litany, used by Archbishop Thabo Makgoba in Holy Week:

Bishop Michael Nuttall reflects on the lockdown:

The Revd Bob Commin on the Road to Good Friday:

The Revd Adeline Domingo, Chaplain to the Mothers’ Union in George Diocese, makes available a prayer “Building hope and confidence”:

HOPE Africa is providing a way in which you can help vulnerable people to access basic necessities such as food and hygiene packs:

By Bob Commin and Jane Dean, Meditations on the way of the Cross for Holy Week 2020:

The Revd Duncan McLea, Rector of St John’s Parish, Wynberg, recommends this Prayer for Deliverance from the Coronavirus from the 24-7 prayer movement, written by Pete Greig:

The Warehouse in Cape Town offers this guidance for offering & preparing your church site for use during lockdown:

The South African Council of Churches has drawn up a Coronavirus Pastoral Plan, which can be downloaded here:


Resources from the Episcopal Church in the USA

The Revd Wilma Jakobsen points us to these resources:

For families with or without kids, for Maundy Thursday to Easter Sunday. Though from the Episcopal Church and not South African, there are some excellent and easy ideas for people to do church at home, with or without kids.

This one from Wendie Barrie, Children’s Minister and national leader of FORMA formation committee in the Episcopal Church, USA:

More resources for Holy Week and Easter:

This one from Shannon Kelly and team, Shannon is the national liaison for youth, young adult and college students in the Episcopal Church, USA:

Resources and Recommendations from Green Anglicans:

During Holy Week we will have an environmental meditation each evening from one of our Environmental Coordinators –  you can go to the Green Anglicans Facebook or Green Anglicans YouTube.

Online Easter story – for Sunday School children here are some Easter story books for free download.


You can go here for other languages and other stories

Free Lenten Book

The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Lenten Book “Saying Yes to Life” by Ruth Valerio is an excellent book on Care for Creation. SPCK are kindly letting us have it for free until Easter because of #lockdown. Don’t miss out!

The Very Revd Michael Weeder, Dean of Cape Town is posting a daily POEM & PRAYERS IN THE TIME OF COVID-19:

The Scripture Union has published a 7-day Easter Family devotional to be used by parents with their children during Passion Week (6-12 April). Find it among our downloadable resources:

The Revd Steve Verryn advises that Corpus Christi Church, Garsfontein in the Diocese of Pretoria, will be sharing the Palm Sunday (and possibly other) Eucharistic home service/s via a series of soundbites in WhatApp, as used by the Eluvukweni church, Crossroads [see details below].

People will be invited and shown how to make palm crosses through links and text instructions and sketches. The church will follow Bishop Geoff Quinlan’s suggestion of consecration by intention, for the Eucharist. There will be contributions from people at their homes for choruses, readings, etc. They will also bless the Palm crosses by intention.

To join the worship group click on

The Revd Rachel Mash shares how Eluvukweni Church, Crossroads, in Cape Town worships on WhatsApp [April 3 – Note the change in the link below:


Aware that data is expensive, we are using whatsapp for our worship

Set up a Whatsapp group for the 21 days
(Go to the WhatsApp group chat, then tap the group subject; Tap Invite via link..)

Evening prayer
Every evening a lay preacher/ lay minister prepares a short message on the readings of the day

(go to attachment – press audio)

A song is prepared in the same way by one of the families who has several singers in the house

Sunday Services
Matins. The families are sent the readings and hymn number a few minutes in advance and asked to gather and light a candle and say the morning prayer together

Recorded hymns by families are sent

A short sermon is sent

For Good Friday we will have seven words by seven preachers and seven hymns.

Retired Bishop Geoff Quinlan writes:

Dear friends,

I have begun celebrating the Eucharist on line in a way that allows participants to make their communion. I use the full Eucharistic service with the Consecration Prayer and ask participants to have bread and wine with them at home for consecration. In the Eucharistic prayer I then consecrate, by intention, the bread and the wine before me and also that in the homes of communicants. ONE IMPORTANT INSTRUCTION, WHICH I GIVE THOSE TAKING PART, is to only have the amount of bread and wine that can be consumed during the service so that nothing is left over afterwards. In other words, a small piece of bread and only a sip of wine.

Blessings to you all during this demanding but creative time,

+Geoff Quinlan

The Revd Robert Penrith of the Diocese of Port Elizabeth is publishing Daily Devotions by 7.30 am each morning on his blog (If his latest entry does not appear in the main section of the page, see the headline list on the right):

The Warehouse in Cape Town, a church-based NGO, seeks to inspire, equip and connect churches to become a transforming and transformative presence in their communities: See their guide for preparing your church:

St Monnica’s Church in Halfway Gardens, north of Johannesburg, shares a resource – The Scattered Body of Christ in Worship and Prayer – made specifically for their parish, but invites others to tailor it to their own needs. You will find it listed on this download page [Updated for Mar 29-April 5]:

Bishop Peter Lee has produced extensive readings and meditations for Holy Week, which you can also find on the download page:

Other resources on the download page include:

  • The Angelus in isiXhosa (a scan)

Guidelines for holding funerals have also been drawn up and are listed on our download page:

The USPG offers wide-ranging prayers for the world-wide church, which you can find here:

Video & Audio resources

We have got Sunday school lessons on line (for Ryan the Rhino – care for Creation) 

Ryan the Rhino Sunday School Session One

Ryan the Rhino Sunday School Session Two

Ryan the Rhino Sunday School Session Three

Ryan the Rhino Sunday School Session Four

Most audio resources – mainly prayers and short homilies or reflections – have been moved to a SoundCloud channel. You can listen online or download the content to your mobile phones or computers for later listening. Video files appear in the Video/Audio folder of the main Resource page (as listed below under each item). YouTube videos will appear at the end of this folder.

(To see all the SoundCloud audio resources click on ACSA Coronavirus Resources below.)

A sermon for the 3rd Sunday of Easter – The Revd Dr Barney Pityana:

Sister Vusisiwe Adonis, Provincial President of the Guild of St. Mary Magdalene reflects on a reading from the prophet Jeremiah:

The Revd Rus Bassoples, the Rector of St Stephen’s Church, Pinelands in Cape Town offers prayer and worship resources, including a Spiritual Communion:

The Ven Mark Long of Newlands, Cape Town records a Thought for the Day on YouTube:

The Revd Allen Goliath of All Saints Church, found helpful this Church of England guide for beginners “going live” on the internet

The Revd Martha Gordon of St Laurence’s Church, Discovery in the Diocese of Johannesburg, leads an Eco-Eucharist in her garden (27 minutes):

Various videos of blessings and the Angelus in different languages, including one with the bells of St Saviour’s, Claremont, Cape Town pealing out) are in this folder. The filenames identify the resource:

Bishop Luke Pretorius and others in the Diocese of St Mark the Evangelist in Limpopo are posting devotions to their YouTube channel and Facebook page. Find the links here:

The Very Rev Andrew Hunter, Dean of Grahamstown, is using Facebook to share worship regularly. Find them on his Facebook page:

The Revd Nobuntu Mageza says a blessing in isiXhosa: (VIDEO):

The Revd Moeketsi Motojane from Lesotho shares the Archbishop’s prayers in Sesotho (VIDEO):

The Revd Mkhuseli Lujabe,Rector of All Saints, Plumstead in the Diocese of Cape Town, reflects on the reading from Exodus set for March 28 (VIDEO):

The Parish of Kirby-Hilton in the Diocese of Natal is producing short services and various resources for parishioners on YouTube and their website. The Revd Paul Mosdell writes that they will post a service every Sunday morning during the lock-down. They also have Morning and Evening Prayer, and will release material on Maundy Thursday and Good Friday. To see their full range of resources:

On YouTube (please subscribe to their channel):

On their website,

Fr Timothy Lowes is streaming services from St Michael and All Angels, Observatory, Cape Town to the Parish Facebook group. This is a closed group, but anybody may ask to join it. It is hoped that services will take place daily. Dates and times will be announced on the group’s pages:

An Angelus Prayer for the coronavirus lockdown:

Archbishop’s blessing for home services:

An international service for Passion Sunday:

Posters & Graphics

Green Anglicans is making available a range of posters in different languages giving hygiene advice to those who use in toilets in areas where people have to share taps. Find them in the relevant section of the download page:

Further abroad

With another break reported on March 28 in the West African Cable System, it is unclear whether other fibre-optic cables running up the east and west coasts of Africa have enough bandwidth to give us good internet links abroad. But if you would like to try watching or listening to overseas services:

The Ugandan-born Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, led a national worship service from the front room of his home on Sunday March 29. This exciting service can be viewed on the Church of England Facebook page:

Trinity Wall Street in New York livestreams (and later archives) its daily services at 18:05 (Central African time) Monday to Friday and at 17:15 (CAT) on Sundays:

  • St Martin in the Fields St Martin in the Fields, London, streams its Sunday service at 11 am (CAT) and archives it for later viewing:

St Martin in the Fields Facebookpage>>

  • The Church of England publishes a list of churches which livestream services here:

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Thanks sooooooo much for collecting and sharing with all of us even abroad.
We do collect good practise as well in PIRON Global Development
And are delighted by your spiritual presence and guidance! Very helpful and encouraging.
My special greetings go to Arch Thabo, blesssed you are with his leadership.
Praying together beyond our denominational roots is something very valuable. May the almighty God bless you and all of us. Amen

Thank you ,We need this to keep us connected to God and to help us to be strong spiritually during this trying times

ThNk you for making thesd resources availzble to us. May God bless all those who dedicate their lives in such work for the benefit of the entire church.
As we find ourselves in this situation.
We know that God never make any mistake, but we hope and trust His guidance and wisdom.

Thank you so much,we really need praying and God as our helper is in control we just need to abide in His word ,our God is a living one peace be unto you all

The resources have strengthened us from the weariness we were beginning to feel as a result of all the harsh and depressing accounts coming from different angles. As children of God, we are reminded of the power of prayer as it transcends all hardships found in the world. It brings hope to the hopeless, it assures us of God’s love and mercy. God the Almighty will see us through this season. It will definitely come to pass. Thank you for strengthening us and for being so present in our lives. Stay blessed.

V Sono-Khahlama
Thank you very much for the resources. They have been well prepared. Fire keeps on burning in our hearts!

Thank you for the wonderful work of God done here. Let us continue to be united during this challenging period.

Through AYSA – PYC all Diocesan Youth Chaplains were requested to write prayers for young people. The prayers were sent to PYC. I hope soon they will be shared in this platform. I appeal to all young People to take a stand and be champions of fighting Corona Virus by washing hands, keep social distance and Staying at home. # Young people fight Corona.

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