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Prayer for our Bishop, Robert Innes

God, eternal shepherd, you tend your Church in many ways and rule us with love. You have chosen your servant, Robert, to be a shepherd of your flock. Give him a spirit of courage and right judgment, a spirit of knowledge and love. By governing with fidelity those entrusted to his care, may he build your Church as a sign of salvation for the world. Amen.


Praying for the Environment

Did you know that you can find a prayer for the environment at the top of the page for each month?  Thank you to Madeleine Holmes for providing the prayers.


The Archbishops' Prayers (General Synod, November 2013)

Sending God,
You call your people to be salt and light in a dark and needy world:
Set our eyes on the poor, the helpless and the lost,
Open our lips with the good news that you have proclaimed to us,
Fill our hearts with love for those you put in our path,
And lead our feet in the ways of your Kingdom;
In the name of Jesus, our Saviour and our strength,

+Justin Cantuar

Almighty and everliving God
Grant to all your faithful people in the Church of England
a new understanding of your Kingdom,
a new knowledge of your suffering love and power,
a fresh vision of your glory,
and so awaken in us the reality of your presence
that we may be caught up in your purposes,
be generous in our judgements,
and serve you with a burning spirit and a quiet mind.
Keep us, good Lord, in the Joy, Simplicity, and Compassion of your Holy Gospel;
through Jesus Christ our Lord

+ Sentamu Eborocensis

A prayer for Syria (from Bishop David's blog)

God of Compassion,
Hear the cries of the people of Syria
Comfort those who suffer violence
Console those who mourn the dead
Give strength to Syria's neighbouring countries to welcome the refugees
Convert the hearts of those who have taken up arma
And protect those who are committed to peace.
God of hope,
Inspire leaders to choose peace over violence and to seek reconciliation with their enemies
Inflame the Universal Church with compassion for the people of Syria
And give us hope for a future built on justice for all
We ask this through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace and Light of the world.

Prayer for our Diocese

(from the Cathedral Chapter Intercessions Sheet)

Eternal God and Father,
whose Son at supper prayed that his disciples might be one
as he is one with you:
draw us closer to him,
that, in common love and obedience to you,
we may be united to one another
in the fellowship of the Holy Spirit,
so that the world may believe that he is Lord, to your eternal glory.
We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen

Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, January 18-25

We pray to you for the unity of all Christians
according to your will,
according to your means.
May your Spirit enable us to experience the suffering caused by division,
to see our sin, and to hope beyond all hope.
God, you alone are our hope.
You alone are our hope.

Prayer for World Peace

Also in October is the Week of Prayer for World Peace, with prayer leaflets available by post, and a focus on the Prayer for World Peace:

Lead me from death to life, from falsehood to truth.
Lead me from despair to hope, from fear to trust.
Lead me from hate to love, from war to peace.
Let peace fill our heart, our world, our universe.