Prayers for the Nation...
St Edmundsbury Cathedral in Bury St Edmunds will join with other cathedrals by leading prayers every evening and ringing a bell in response to the call by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and senior church leaders for a month of prayer for the nation during this second lockdown.
During the month-long lockdown, starting on Thursday 5 November, people will be encouraged to pray daily, wherever they are, for the NHS, frontline workers, those who have lost loved ones, those struggling with physical and mental ill health and children and young people. This will culminate in a collective moment of prayer at 6 pm each evening. At St Edmundsbury Cathedral this will be part of the livestreamed service of Evening Prayer.
Each week a specific prayer will be shared, and these, and other prayer resources will be shared on social media using the hashtag #PrayerForTheNation and can all be found on the Church of England website: churchofengland.org/PrayerForTheNation.
The Very Revd Joe Hawes, the Dean of St Edmundsbury, said: “We will be here for each other. We will continue to pray for each other. The Church will be here to make sure that the light of Christ still shines in the darkness.” The call for this collective national wave of prayer comes as both Archbishops have encouraged churches to redouble their efforts to serve their local communities and those most vulnerable ahead of the second lockdown. T
he Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable. ….. Prayer is my first response when I feel out of my depth, when I need help, when I am worried, when I am concerned for those I love.
The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, said: “Prayer changes things. It changes things by inviting God into the room. "We can pray and invite God to change us, giving us the solace, strength and comfort we need for the difficult winter that is ahead of us.”
The Cathedral will livestream its services via Facebook. Full details can be found https://stedscathedral.org/worship
Virtual candles can be lit and prayers left on the Prayer wall https://stedscathedral.org/prayer-wall