Senior church leaders are inviting Christians across the nation to participate in the month of prayer – launching on Thursday 5th November – as a second lockdown in England comes into force.
Throughout the month, Christians will be encouraged to pray daily for a specific area of national concern, wherever they are. This will culminate into a collective moment of prayer at 6pm each evening, with cathedrals and churches across the country invited to ring a bell at this time.
Christians will be encouraged to follow a simple seven-day prayer cycle, praying for a specific area each day including the NHS and frontline workers, the bereaved, those struggling with physical and mental ill-health, and for children and young people. Prayers and other resources will be shared on social media with the hashtag #PrayerForTheNation.
The prayer call was initiated by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and has the support of senior church leaders including Churches Together in England (CTE) Presidents; Cardinal Vincent Nichols, Archbishop of Westminster and President of the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales; Pastor Agu Irukwu, the CTE Pentecostal president; His Eminence Archbishop Angaelos, the Coptic Orthodox Archbishop of London, and the CTE Orthodox President; and Rev Dr Hugh Osgood, The Free Churches Moderator. The call to prayer is also supported by the Fourth Presidency Group of Churches Together in England.
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