BREATHING SPACE RETURNS!
‘Breathing Space', half an hour of silence for prayer and contemplation, is once again being held in St Peter's on Mondays at 6pm.
New folk and returners are all invited to come and keep this space of contemplation and peace within our complicated and busy world. You can also join us via Zoom using the details below:
The Compline Booklet can be downloaded by clicking the PDF symbol here.
Join the parish in praying throughout lockdown
at 9.30am and 7pm every day from Monday until Saturday.
Live on Facebook at these times.
Prayer During Lockdown
Click on the appropriate PDF symbol for the Prayer Diary:
May and June
WHAT IS PRAYER?
The word pray is first found in Middle English, meaning to "ask earnestly." It comes from the Old French preier, which is derived from the Latin word precari, which simply means to entreat or ask. In fact, although pray is not often used this way anymore, it can simply mean “please,” as in “pray continue your story.” Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints. Prayer may be formal or informal. While formal prayer is an important element of Christian worship, prayer itself is not synonymous with worship or adoration.
PRAYING IN THE PARISHES
The parish churches in this benefice are as much built with prayer as they are with flint and stone. Both St Peter's and St Andrew's were built on pre-Christian sacred sites and any people speak of sensing the great rivers of prayer that have continued, virtually unbroken, for hundreds and hundreds of centuries.
We welcome you to join us for led and gathered prayer, or to come in and light a candle or sit quietly when the churches are open. You can look at the services schedule to check when the churches are open or holding services. We also lead prayer during the week through the St Peter's Facebook page.
If you have someone or something that you would like us to pray for, then please do get in touch. We would be delighted to offer prayers on your behalf and if you wish add the intercession to the prayer list in our churches.
A Prayer for our Parishes...
O Faithful God,
as your people we cherish our memories and our histories as sacred gifts.
We ask you to guide us in our times of transition.
We need your wisdom that we might be receptive to change conversion and growth.
We need your grace to redirect our hearts that we might be willing to offer ourselves in service. Do not allow our fear, ignorance or pride to limit the work of your Spirit. Do not allow custom or clinging to the past prevent the creativity within us from bearing great fruit.
Open our hearts to God, to the call of the Gospel, and to a shared vision of your reign. Give us courage and renewed hope that we may meet the challenges of being your faithful followers, united in baptism, we pray this through Christ our Lord.
There are lots of wonderful resources out there to help you pray. You can download here our own guide to silent prayer, or explore the links below for teaching, cycles of prayer, and forms of prayer.
Daily Prayer from the Church of England (modern or traditional)
Daily Ignatian Prayer with scripture from Sacred Space
A Collection of Prayers for Perpetual Adoration
Art and Theology - reflections using painting, poetry and more
Pray as you go - Daily Podcasts
Celtic Daily Prayer from the Northumbria Community
A Collection of Prayers - a collection of prayers, ancient, modern and traditional
How to pray the Rosary
Our guide to silent prayer: