Bishop of London celebrates launch of 24-7 prayer week at St Paul’s Cathedral
On Tuesday, the Bishop of London, the Right Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres, celebrated the launch of the Diocese of London’s 24-7 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.
Also attending the launch were members of 24-7 Prayer with some of the congregation at St Sepulchre’s and their Priest-in-Charge, the Revd David Ingall.
The chapel at St Paul’s will be hosting this prayer facility within the opening hours of the Cathedral. There will be various prayer stations within the chapel, which will include a large tube map, allowing people to focus where they want to pray within London and also a map highlighting cities across the world, which are connected to the Diocese of London, such as Angola, Mozambique, New York, Berlin and Liverpool.
A large fishing net has also been set up in the chapel, which people can use to hang their prayers for people they have chosen to pray for and a prayer rope, reflective prayers and a book where people write their own prayers for London.
During the visit, the Bishop of London prayed for all those attending and for the Diocese, highlighting about the positive work going on in the Diocese of London following last year’s launch of Capital Vision 2020.
This initiative is part of the Diocese of London’s Capital Vision 2020, launched last year, which is a vision of a Diocese which is more confident, compassionate and creative.
In March, the Diocese of London launched ‘Pray for Seven‘ where people in London have been invited to pray for at least seven people, in order that they might share the story of their faith with them. During this week’s 24-7 prayer at St Paul’s Cathedral, all those participating will be given Pray for Seven bookmarks, encouraging them to join in this great wave of prayer. An app is also available to download.
Currently, over 150 hours of prayer have already been committed and one can book online to join those praying at St Paul’s Cathedral between 8am and 6pm, or to pray locally between 6pm and 8am.