24-7 prayer week at St Paul’s Cathedral launched
The Bishop of London has launched the Diocese of London’s week of prayer, in the Chapel of St Michael and George, within St Paul’s Cathedral. The prayer room has been set up in association with 24-7 Prayer and will enable London churches to engage in a week of continual prayer.
The Chapel will have various prayer stations this year which reflect a theme of journeys. The first is a rolling visual presentation of the Lord’s Prayer, after which visitors will journey through a series of banners – allowing them to reflect on their faith and pray. As they leave the Chapel, people will be invited to add a small pebble to a jar as they thank God for those who inspired them in their life’s journey and also take a small jenga brick away with them to remind them to pray for those they meet in their daily journeys.
People will also be invited to join in the Diocese of London’s Pray for Seven initiative, which invites each person to pray for seven people and enables them to share the story of their faith. To date 20,000 pray for seven bookmarks have been requested throughout the Diocese and the Pray Mate app developed within the Diocese has been downloaded over 80,000 times globally. This initiative is part of the Diocese of London’s Capital Vision 2020, launched in 2013, which is a vision of a Diocese which is more confident, compassionate and creative.
The chapel at St Paul’s Cathedral will be set up as a prayer space from Monday 18th and closed on Friday 22nd by the Bishop of Fulham, the Rt Revd Jonathan Baker. Local events and personal prayer commitments will continue through to Pentecost Sunday. Currently, over 80 hours of prayer have already been committed and one can book online to join those praying at St Paul’s Cathedral between 9am and 5pm, or to pray locally between 5pm and 9am.
This year a number of special events are supporting the week including an Ealing Borough Ecumenical prayer walk, and an Eastcote Churches Together Pentecost Vigil. The week is also being supported by groups like the Mothers’ Union and the Diocesan Fairtrade group, as well as individuals and parishes.