Prayer means launching out of the heart towards God; it means lifting up one’s eyes, quite simply, to heaven, a cry of grateful love, from the crest of joy or the trough of despair; it’s a vast, supernatural force, which opens out my heart, and binds me close to Jesus.St Therese of Lisieux
We remember with thanksgiving and gratitude,
the life and service of Her Majesty the Queen.
We have been inspired by her dedication and faith,
Her commitment to the welfare of our Nation
And her lifelong devotion to the peoples of the Commonwealth.
As we pray for her family and with our nation,
May the integrity of her public service,
Her concern for the common good
And her steadfast commitment to good governance
Inspire all those in public office,
In UK and Commonwealth and across the world,
To uphold the rights of all peoples
In the pursuit of justice
And the interests of peace.
A prayer for Ukraine from Archbishops Welby and Cottrell:
God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Our prayer booklets are designed to help you spend a few minutes each day in prayer using verses from the bible selected by our Prayer Lead Minister and ALM, Eve Cambray.
December 2022 Prayer Diary
Diocesan Prayer Diary
Using the Diocesan Prayer Diary means that on each day all of us across the Diocese can pray for the same individuals. We don’t need to know the individuals for whom we are praying, we just need to know they are our fellow disciples in Christ, and they need to know that we are holding them by name before God.
Church of England Prayer Booklet
Prayers to help us pray with one another even when it is not possible to gather together in church.
Click the button on the image to read, and when you have finished press escape on your keyboard or click at the bottom of your screen to close.CofE Prayer Booklet
Online resources for prayer and reflection
- Church of England resources for Morning and Evening Prayer, including apps for Smartphones: www.churchofengland.org/prayer-and-worship/join-us-service-daily-prayer
- Archbishop of Canterbury bible study and other videos: www.facebook.com/archbishopofcanterbury/videos/
- Ignatian Pray as You Go resources: pray-as-you-go.org/
- Diocese of Worcester Sermon Podcasts: www.cofe-worcester.org.uk/sermon-podcasts
- Worcester Cathedral are streaming their 8.30am service each morning on their Facebook page: www.facebook.com/WorcesterCathedral/videos/
- Ignatius Loyola prayerful reflection — The Examen: www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen/
- Pathways to God from Jesuits in Britain
Loving God, you made us your children in baptism:
pour out your Spirit upon us, your people,
in 4Rivers Churches in the Diocese of Worcester.
Build up in us your gifts of faith, hope, and love,
that we may grow in faith and in numbers,
proclaim the hope that is in us,
and love you in serving our neighbours;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayer for Refugees
Almighty and merciful God,
whose Son became a refugee and had no place to call his own;
look with mercy on those who today are fleeing from danger,
homeless and hungry.
Bless those who work to bring them relief;
inspire generosity and compassion in all our hearts;
and guide the nations of the world towards that day when all will rejoice in your Kingdom of justice and of peace;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Prayers for those held in captivity
we cry to you from the depths of our concern
for those wrongly imprisoned or held captive:
for those trying to secure their release,
that the ways of peace and diplomacy may prevail over acts of violence and aggression,
that their captors may know a change of heart;
through him who was sent to proclaim liberty for captives
and to set free those who are oppressed,
your Son, our Lord Jesus Christ.
O Lord God,
your Son Jesus Christ suffered and died for us.
In his resurrection
he restores life and peace in all creation.
Comfort, we pray, all victims of intolerance
and those oppressed by their fellow humans.
Remember in your kingdom those who have died.
Lead the oppressors towards compassion
and give hope to the suffering.
Through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.