Archbishops' call for daily 6pm prayer is underway

Archbishops Justin Welby and Stephen Cottrell are encouraging people of all backgrounds to set aside time each day for prayer – if possible stopping wherever they are at 6pm each evening.

It follows their call last week for people to pause, ‘reflect on the enormity of this pandemic’ and pray for the nation and all those affected.

The call followed news that that more than 100,000 people have died within 28 days of a positive Covid-19 test.

Revd Eve Ridgeway, Associate Rector at St George's, Leeds said: "We have already had people asking us about the 6pm prayer and this is something we can all share positively."

In a letter to the nation last week, the Archbishops wrote: "We encourage everyone who is feeling scared, or lost or isolated to cast their fears on God.

“We also know that poorer communities, minority ethnic communities and those living with disabilities have been afflicted disproportionately and cry out for the healing of these inequalities.”

They added: “One thing we can all do is pray. We hope it is some consolation to know that the church prays for the life of our nation every day. Whether you’re someone of faith, or not, we invite you to call on God in prayer.

“Starting on 1 February we invite you to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day. More than ever, this is a time when we need to love each other. Prayer is an expression of love.”

 

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