A ‘novena’ is an ancient Christian tradition – it’s 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. It marks a time when Jesus’ disciples are said to have prayed constantly – stuck in an ‘in-between place’, waiting to see what God would do next.
The reflections in this year’s Thy Kingdom Come Novena Daily Waitings are written by Archbishop Justin Welby and have been taken directly from the Novena booklet. The artwork is by Anna Heslop and the prayers were written by Judith Dimond and Lyndall Bywater
Thy Kingdom Come Novena, 27th May – 4th June
Keep Praying Easter culminates in the Thy Kingdom Come Novena, when we intentionally set aside time to pray – waiting for the Holy Spirit and listening to God.
In these busy and often wearying ‘emerging from Covid’ times, we’re not going to run an energetic prayer initiative this year, like our Diocesan Days of prayer and Pilgrimage of recent years, but we would encourage you to think about how you and your congregation might pray intentionally during those 9 days of Novena, and below are a few ideas which might help in the thinking:
The Thy Kingdom Come website has a whole host of prayer resources which you might like to explore. Find them all here at www.thykingdomcome.global/prayer-resources
The Thy Kingdom Come Novena booklet this year has been written by Archbishop Justin, with artwork by Anna Heslop. Archbishop Justin has also penned a prayer journal too. You can download them both here at www.thykingdomcome.global/resources/new-2022
If you do decide to ‘gift’ prayer in any way during Thy Kingdom Come, we’d love to hear about it and share your story so others can be inspired. Just drop me a line and let me know what you’re doing, or share it to one of our diocesan social media firstname.lastname@example.org
Previous Novena Booklets
You can access all of our previous Novena resources on your tablet or phone. Simply download the free Issuu app and view them there. Search ‘dioceseofcanterbury’ under ‘publishers’.