Archbishop of Canterbury to host Prayer Days around the country
The new initiative will create a space for the church to come together in prayer and conversation, with the aim of demystifying prayer through teaching and learning how to pray together.
Starting in the Spring of 2023, Archbishop Justin will convene three or four gatherings each year within the Southern Province of the Church of England.
The first of these will be held in Canterbury Cathedral on Saturday, May 27th where Archbishop Justin will be supported by Bishop Rose Hudson-Wilkin, Dean. Rev. David Monteith, Rev. Richard Braddy, Rev. Mark Griffin, Lyndall Bywater (Canterbury Diocese Prayer Co-ordinator), The CheminNeuf Community, Community of St Anselm, and the various churches and networks involved in praying for the Canterbury community, in association with the Diocese of Canterbury.
Further locations will be announced later in the year.
The gatherings will aim to:
Bring various church communities together in prayer
Build unity in prayer by offering the church a chance to explore and experience the offerings of other denominations and traditions
Provide an opportunity for people to hear Archbishop Justin’s vision on prayer Hear from key leaders on the impact of prayer in the world today
Resource those at the event, and the wider church, to develop or encourage corporate prayer in churches, schools, homes and workplaces
The goal is to strengthen existing initiatives and encourage the whole Church to explore new possibilities of how to pray. This initiative is part of Archbishop Justin’s priority of Prayer and the Religious Life, and will include the Community of St Anselm, the ecumenical community of young Christians who live at Lambeth Palace for a year in prayer, study and service.
Archbishop Justin said
Prayer is simple, accessible to all and yet indispensable. Absolutely anyone can pray. It doesn’t take a saint or even an Archbishop to pray. In prayer we learn to see God at work in our world and open our lives to God’s transforming love. I hope this new initiative will bring the church together, in all its glorious diversity and traditions, in learning to pray to God who hears every prayer.
SPECIAL EVENT NOTICE: For this first event, we will begin with Archbishop Justin leading Morning Prayers at 8:30am at St. Martin’s Church, Canterbury, which is significantly the oldest church in continuous use in the English-speaking world. This will then be followed up with a casual Pilgrim’s Prayer Walk from St. Martin’s Church to Canterbury Cathedral for the main event.
Attendance to both of these events is free, however, you do need to register on Eventbrite:
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