Calendar of Prayer
Every month we publish our Calendar of prayer, with each day offering an opportunity to pray with a particular part of our local and global community. Each benefice is invited to contribute their prayer requests, stories and photos tothe Calendar, helping us to build up our diocesan community of prayer through connection with one another and God.
Seasonal Prayers for Renewal and Mission
The Changing Lives Prayer Network publishes seasonal prayers four times a year, featuring beautiful artwork by Primrose Northrup.
You are invited to pray these prayers, in unity with one another, across our diocese. Click here to find out more.
A ‘novena’ is a nine-day period of prayer that traditionally falls between Ascension (when Jesus physically departed earth for heaven) and Pentecost (when the first disciples were gifted with the presence of the Holy Spirit. Every year, the Diocese of Canterbury marks this time by creating a booklet of scripture, prayers and artwork for each day of the Novena. Over the years, this booklet has become a key resource for the worldwide Church as we use this time to pray for our friends and family to come to know Jesus – a global wave of prayer known as Thy Kingdom Come. Find out more here.
Prayer Resources for Schools
Many of our church schools are discovering the positive impact of prayer stations – where children and young people perform an action that helps them to focus on aspects of their own spirituality and the mystery of God. It could be as simple as a jar with water and glitter: watching the stirred glitter settle is a wonderful quietening tool, or an outside labyrinth: following the path to the centre allows the participant to consider their journey along the way.
The Canterbury Diocese is working with schools to consider how such stations could be incorporated into classrooms, corporate areas and outside, to encourage students to pray in many different ways as part of their daily lives.
The following websites offer further information on prayer stations and spaces for children and young people:
Praying for others
Prayer for others has been a central part of what Christians do since the very beginning – it is an integral part of the call to love our neighbour. As Rowan Williams says, prayer ‘injects’ into a broken and chaotic world something that will heal it and pull it together. Prayer transforms us as individuals, but it is also a powerful agent for healing and change in our communities and world as it engages us with God’s creative and compassionate work. Find out more here.
Prayer tools & traditions
What helps people to pray? What might help you to be more confident in how you pray? This section of our website offers information and resources to explore prayer and spirituality from a variety of traditions.
Pathways to Prayer
The Pathways to Prayer Pack is a resource to introduce, support and encourage different ways of praying. The resource is friendly and flexible and offers a selection of ways of praying that people have found helpful in deepening their conversations and relationship with God. Find out more here.
Quiet Days, Retreats & Pilgrimages
Whatever pace at which we live our lives, we need, both individually and collectively, to reflect and re-focus on how we are living them. These times and activities are crucial opportunities to be shaped for God’s service. Find out more.
A pilgrimage is a wonderful way to pray and journey with God - both physically and spiritually. The following resources were created for our 2019 Diocesan Day of Prayer and Pilgrimage, but can be used any time: