Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage


Listening on the way

Our Thy Kingdom Come Novena theme for this year is ‘Listening on the Way’ - and we would like you to join us in making Thy Kingdom Come 2020 (21-31 May) a time of listening to God in prayer. 

We have re-imagined our Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage (29-30 May) for the Coronavirus Lockdown. Pilgrimages across East Kent and a celebration in Canterbury Cathedral had been planned before the pandemic struck. But the team have creatively re-imagined the day so that people can take part from home, while staying connected in prayer. 

The Day - which is our Thy Kingdom Come Beacon event - will be the culmination of a 9-day spiritual journey together, beginning on Friday 22 May when we will join our schools, teachers and children at 2:30pm to pray a specially-written prayer together. Then, from Ascension to Pentecost, we will pray and listen to God together, using the Thy Kingdom Come Novena resources.

Bishop Rose's Pentecost sermon is now available to download from this link: Download Pentecost sermon resources . The sermon is available in three different formats for you to use - a high resolution video, audio only (MP4) and the text is also there (PDF). Please note that the video file is large and may take a while to download. If you have any questions, please email Anna.

The Diocesan Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage will begin at 7pm on Friday 29 May, encouraging everyone to journey together around their own homes, connecting with God through a pilgrimage using everyday objects. 

Over four separate hours from 29 – 30 May, videos will be shared from contributors across the whole of the diocese, with people using simple household objects to reflect on God’s love and presence with us. 

These videos will be premiered on our Youtube and Facebook channels so that people can all join the pilgrimage at the same time, wherever they are:

  • Friday 29 May: 7pm-8pm (Items needed: phone charger, book, bedside lamp and toothbrush)
  • Saturday 30 May: 9am–10am (Items needed: morning drink, soap, phone and socks)
  • Saturday 30 May: 12pm-1pm (Items needed: dinner plate, cushion, photo frame and plant) 
  • Saturday 30 May: 3pm-4pm (Items needed: TV, clock and cake)
  • Saturday 30 May: 3.45pm – a short act of worship led by Bishop Rose. 

Each day from 22 May, there will be email reflections and resources to help people to pray for themselves, for their communities and for our nation - sign up to receive them below: 

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Please see Our Daily Emails below and our journey across the diocese from Friday 29 May.