Prayer

Prayer for the Nation

As the number of deaths in the UK from COVID-19 exceeds 100,000, so the Bishop of Carlisle, the Rt Rev James Newcome, is encouraging everyone in Cumbria to join in with a Prayer for the Nation again at 6pm each day in February.

Click here to download the new booklet of prayers (February 2021) for every day, and any day, of the week. You could use these prayers while the lockdown is in force or perhaps just a short general prayer like this one, attributed to St Augustine. 

Watch, O Lord, with those who wake, or watch, or weep tonight,
and give your angels charge over those who sleep.
Tend your sick ones, O Lord Christ.
Rest your weary ones.
Bless your dying ones.
Soothe your suffering ones.
Pity your afflicted ones.
Shield your joyous ones.
And for all your love’s sake.
Amen.

Short Prayer Ideas

Three ways to enrich your practice of prayer – on the move or sitting still. Click here to download as: a Word file or a PDF file.

Bright Prayer Ideas for Families at Home

Another fabulous free resource for families, this 12-page booklet from Thy Kingdom Come is packed with ideas and activities. Click here to read or download it.

Daily Meditations with Richard Rohr

Free daily or weekly meditations from Franciscan Richard Rohr recommended by Rev Jean Radley. Follow this link to read mediations from the archive, hear the latest one read aloud or sign up to get them by email as they’re published: Daily Meditations

Pause for 5 at 5

Daily 5-minute meditations led by a former military chaplain and recorded in the countryside, broadcast at 5pm each day and available afterwards. If you’re on Facebook, just click here to get to the page and click the arrow to play the short video.

Time to Pray app

A free app from Church House Publishing, Time to Pray presents everything you need for Prayer During the Day, with variations according to the day of the week and the season of the Church’s year. You can use Prayer During the Day on its own or you can use it alongside Night Prayer in a pattern of prayer at the beginning and end of the day. Click here to read more and download the app