by Bishop Scott Mayer
Texas and national public health officials are clear that the spread of the Covid 19 virus has been slowed as more people have gotten vaccinated, masks have been worn consistently, and people have stayed safely physically distanced.
There has been progress. There is real hope. The supply of vaccines is being drastically increased, with enough to vaccinate every adult in the United States by May.
With this in mind, and with love of neighbor as my guide, I am increasing our disciplined response to this virus.
I am requiring, not urging, that masks be worn, and worn properly, at all worship services and at all meetings and events held on Episcopal Church property. All safety procedures must be observed -- safe distancing from one another, washing of hands, wearing of masks.
This is how we will model responsibility during this very serious moment. It is going to take all of us to slow the spread of this virus – which will save lives.
Almighty and everlasting God, from whom comes every good and perfect gift: Send down upon our bishop, and other clergy, and upon the congregations committed to their charge, the healthful Spirit of your grace: and, that they may truly please you, pour upon them the continual dew of your blessing. Grant this, O Lord, for the honor of our Advocate and Mediator, Jesus Christ. Amen.
P. 817 BCP