Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
We the Bishops of Virginia invite you to participate in a 56-hour Prayer Vigil leading up to and through Election Day on November 8.
In doing so, we will be joining Episcopalians from all over the United States in praying for an end to the extraordinary divisions and rancor that have characterized this political season. We pray that civility and tolerance will replace the demonization of each other that has been so frequent these past few months. No matter who wins these elections, we pray for a peaceful transition to a time when we will once again see the face of God in each other, no matter how passionate our differences.
The Prayer Vigil Period will begin at noon on All Saints' Sunday, November 6, and extend to 8 p.m. on Election Day, November 8.
We know a number of parishes already are planning prayer services and vigils, and we hope others will as well -- whether that consists of special prayers at the end of the Sunday services, a healing service, a special service of Morning Prayer, Noonday or Evening Prayer on Election Day, or a more extended vigil during this period.
We also commend for your use in all services on Sunday, October 30, and Sunday, November 6, the Prayer and Litany for Sound Government on page 821 of The Book of Common Prayer.
As people of faith, we are called to bear witness to God's love for all of us during this time of division.
The Rt. Rev. Shannon S. Johnston
The Rt. Rev. Susan E. Goff
The Rt. Rev. Edwin F. Gulick Jr.
The Three Bishops of the Diocese of Virginia
We invite your prayers in the comments section.