Abbey joins global wave of prayer
Westminster Abbey is supporting ‘Thy Kingdom Come’, the global prayer initiative by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York which launches today, Ascension Day.
Thy Kingdom Come invites Christians around the world to pray together for Christian awareness for ten days between Ascension and Pentecost: 25th May to 4th June. Cathedrals and churches around the world are joining the movement with hundreds of thousands of people expected to participate. A special prayer for Thy Kingdom Come which has been written by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, will be said at the Abbey at all daily Offices, Morning Prayer and Evensong, until Pentecost, 4th June:
'Almighty God, Father of our risen and ascended Lord Jesus Christ, by the power of the Holy Spirit you constitute the Church as the Body of Christ in every age: bless and equip, we pray, the Church in our own day; that we may proclaim the Gospel of Christ more boldly, celebrate the liturgy more faithfully, and care more generously for those who suffer sickness, persecution or disadvantage, that your will may be done and your kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen'
The Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall said: ‘Daily prayer is the heart of our life as an Abbey and it is a privilege for us to join in this way in prayer for the coming of God’s kingdom: that God’s will may be done on earth as it is in heaven.’
The Abbey has 28 services weekly and up to four services daily. All are welcome to attend. There is never any charge to worship.