#PrayForTheNation


Our Bishops, Leicester Cathedral and our new monastic community have joined the call to make the month of November a month of prayer and below you will find prayer events and resources so you can get involved.

Senior church leaders are inviting people across the nation to participate in a #PrayForTheNation, a month of prayer during the second national lockdown. In response The Community of the Tree of Life (CTOL) is running the ‘House of Prayer’ project, inviting people to join live lunchtime prayers on Youtube every weekday at 12.30pm, providing ideas for six minutes of prayer on your own at home at 6pm every day, as well as 24 hours of prayer every Thursday and other prayer activities/resources. (More details further down this page).  

Leicester Cathedral will ring a bell for a minute at 6pm every night from tonight for 28 days as a reminder to pray for the nation. They’re inviting everyone to light their own candle/ring their own bell and take a minute to stand together in prayer. They will also be livestreaming Morning Prayer on their Facebook page at 8.30am on Tuesdays to Fridays for the rest of November. Other churches across the city and country will also run their own prayer activities. Details of your local church can be found on A Church Near You.
 
There is a simple seven-day prayer cycle to follow, praying for a specific area each day including the NHS and frontline workers, the bereaved, and 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 #PrayForTheNation and on this web page.

The prayer call has the support of senior church leaders including Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell, our Bishops of Leicester and Loughborough, 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 Pete Greig, Founder of 24-7 Prayer International and Senior Leader of Emmaus Road, Guildford. 


House of Prayer

Eleven young adults from a variety of Christian denominations are currently spending a year living at the Community of the Tree of Life on the edge of Leicester Cathedral Gardens, and they will be running a House of Prayer project for the city and county which we will feature on this page and will include:

LIVE BROADCAST  PRAYERS by CTOL residents on the Diocese of Leicester Youtube channel starting on Monday 9 November, which will supplement the Cathedral’s online services of Morning Prayer (being livestreamed on their Facebook page at 8.30am on Tuesdays to Fridays for the rest of November.) The lunch time prayers will be broadcast at 12.30pm each weekday (Monday-Friday) and each will last about 10 minutes.

WEEKLY PRAYER RESOURCES  

Weekly Prayer Resources might help you pray on your own a daily basis and CTOL have provided these ideas based on the daily #PrayForTheNation themes for praying for six minutes either at 6pm or any other time of the day or night that works for you. You can read and download them by clicking here.

24 HOUR PRAYER (THURSDAYS) From Thursday 12 November, every Thursday will be a non-stop 24 hours of prayer run by CTOL residents. People from around Leicester and Leicestershire will be able to sign up to join in online by singing up to pray for an hour. You can use this 60 minute prayer guide from 24-7 if you need ideas for how to pray for an hour. Other ideas can be found here. CTOL will publish more ideas for future weeks so keep checking back here for more resources.

The Community of the Tree of Life is aiming to fill every minute, of every Thursday in November with nonstop prayer! Starting at one second passed midnight on Thursday 12 Nov, the 11 residents and companion team will take it in turns to pray, filling 24 hours with prayer. They have set up a ‘virtual prayer room’ for the diocese and are inviting anyone to join them in prayer for our nation by signing up here.

You can join us in prayer from wherever you are. Simply sign up to pray for 30 minutes, one hour or more. To find out more about how to sign up click here  

We will be sharing some prayer resources online in the coming days, to help people to #PrayForTheNation during their time of prayer. These will be added here and www.leicestertreeoflife.org/prayer    


Resources from Thy Kingdom Come to #PrayForTheNation

Speaking about the #PrayForTheNation, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said:

“On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable. And we do what we can to halt the spread of this virus – but we can still feel powerless. Is there anything else we can do? Really do? Yes. Yes there is. We can pray. 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. It is a gift that God gives to all - whether you are a regular pray-er or not - bring your cares and the cares of the nation to God. For God loves and hears and holds. Prayer changes things.”

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, said:

“Prayer changes things. It changes things by inviting God into the room. At this challenging time when all of us are fearful and anxious, and when so many are suffering, it is the one thing we can all do. 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. Let’s pray together at this difficult time.”

A selection of resources to suit Christians from across all denominations and traditions, and those exploring faith at this challenging time, will be made available on the Church of England website to guide prayer during this period. This includes several newly written prayers for the nation from Archbishop Stephen Cottrell, NT Wright and Pete Greig. Everyone is invited to use these resources.
 
Cathedrals will ring a bell as a call to prayer for the nation throughout the month. 

The Very Reverend Adrian Dorber, Dean of Lichfield and Chair of the Association of English Cathedrals, said:

“We know our cathedrals are places of assurance and inspiration for many people when life is tough and hope is short, and now more than ever, it is important to show our presence and mark each day of this lockdown with prayers, and keep a time each evening to ring our bells as a call to pray for our nation.”
 
The call to prayer came as both Archbishops sent a letter to encourage churches to redouble their efforts to serve their local communities - caring for the elderly and most vulnerable – ahead of the second lockdown.
 




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