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Thy Kingdom Come – Prayers Towards Pentecost

A number of churches around the diocese are involved in a range of initiatives supporting a national church focus on prayer in the days leading up to Pentecost (Sunday 15 May). They are answering a call from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York encouraging private and group prayer activities. Here are some of your words and pictures sent by email and on social media.

FROM BRUSSELS - On Tuesday 10 May a group of members of the Holy Trinity and St Paul’s congregations who work in the city’s European Quarter gave up their lunch hour to join a prayer walk which stopped in front of the various EU institution buildings (European Commission, European Parliament and European Council) as part of their response to the Archbishops’ ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ initiative. They also paused for reflection and prayer by the floral tributes in front of the Metro station to those people who lost their lives in the terror attacks in Holy Week. The walk leader Rev Simon Tyndall, Chaplain to St Paul’s Tervuren said ‘We wanted to pray at the heart of the EU for all those charged with responsibility for the decisions that affect the lives of many millions around the world.  There are so many challenges facing both Europe and countries further afield that can only be resolved by people learning to listen to one another and working together for the good of all.  Somehow prayer in situ feels even more powerful and relevant.’

FROM ANTWERP - As well as encouraging private prayer for individuals and young people in the Archbishops' Thy Kingdom Come period, St Boniface Antwerp held a corporate Eucharist followed by prayers before the Blessed Sacrament, yesterday evening.  Jesus said to him "I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me" John 14:6

St Michael’s Church, Paris tweeted about their Prayer Wave. Anglicans on the Spanish island of Menorca encouraged members to share in prayer. St Nicolas, Helsinki in Finland supported the initiative. St Andrew's Moscow joined 'Thy Kingdom Come' week of prayer to Pentecost and encouraged people to be inspired by Archbishop Justin’s video introduction -  https://vimeo.com/164428047 .

Check out some of the many ways our fellow Christians are marking the 9 days of prayer via https://twitter.com/thykingdom_come

If you have your local stories or pictures to add please send them to paul.needle@churchofengland.org