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Cardinal Vincent thanks NHS staff and care workers in all settings for the work they are doing during the Covid-19 pandemic. In this video he explains that Masses will be live-streamed each Thursday evening at 7pm from one of the cathedrals around the country, beginning with Westminster Cathedral on Thursday 23rd April. 

The following is a full transcript of the video:

Well, this lockdown has to go on and we have to be persistent and resilient and keep up the effort that we're making in order to protect each other, protect other people.

But there's a big thank you I want to give to all those who are caring for others.

It's especially true in our care homes, in our hospitals, but it's true in every place where somebody is genuinely caring for another person. And in these circumstances, it's stressful, but it's deeply appreciated.

We can see on a Thursday evening how much that caring work, especially in the NHS and in care homes, is appreciated. Now, what we want to do, is add to that public applause, the practice of public prayer.

So every Thursday at 7pm, a bishop will celebrate Mass in one of the cathedrals for the care workers, 7pm every Thursday. We will begin here in Westminster Cathedral.

This coming Thursday, I will celebrate Mass at 7pm, so please do join in, if you can, on the live-stream. Follow where the Mass takes place on each different Thursday.

And even more importantly, use that time before 8pm on a Thursday to offer your prayers of thanksgiving for these generous, courageous people, for their support, their encouragement, that God will sustain them in this great work that they're doing.

We applaud, but we pray and we pray fervently for them. May God bless them all.