WITH churches closing across the region, the Archbishop of York is turning to modern technology to offer comfort.

Archbishop Dr John Sentamu will be streaming live prayers on his Facebook page this Mother's Day.

This will include the Lord’s Prayer among others will be streamed throughout Sunday, March 22, at 10am, noon, 4pm and 6pm.

Archbishop Sentamu said: “Whether we are confident and brave, or doubt-filled and fearful, God is the source of love and hope.

"Why not say the Lord’s prayer with me, I will be praying on the hour every hour from sunrise to sunset this Sunday and streaming live four times through the day.

"Please join me in praying for healing for those who are ill from COVID-19 and giving thanks to all involved in health and emergency services.”

Both the Archbishops of York and Canterbury have called for a National Day of Prayer and Action on Mothering Sunday.

They are appealing for people to light a candle at 7pm and put it in their window.

They also suggest that people ring someone who is isolated and vulnerable; buy an extra item and place it in their local food bank and to keep night shelters open.

Anybody can access the live prayer streams on Sunday by visiting facebook.com/archbishopofyork