Last updated 10th May 2023
During Holy Week we are reminded how key transition moments of earth-shattering significance were undergirded by time spent by Jesus in prayer, and marked by symbolism which has resonated for two millennia.
Over the next few months, there will be key transition moments in the life of our nation and our Diocese. After Easter, we have opportunities to undergird these in prayer. Bishop Jill has recorded a video message to summarise these. Click here to view this. In her message, Bishop Jill recalls an inspiring story. In 1727, following spiritual renewal a small village community in Herrnhut, decided to pray 24-7 for mission for a weekend, simply by allocating one-hour slots amongst them. This continued for 100 years and led to tremendous missionary energy which traced its roots to this community of Moravians. We don’t propose 100 years. But it’s worth starting somewhere.
In the lead up to the Coronation of King Charles III, the Church of England, encouraged us to pray for him, the royal family and community events promoted through The Big Help Out and The Big Lunch.
In a once-in-a-generation moment, the people of the County came together to celebrate the first Coronation in 70 years ... and The Church of England in Lancashire was at the heart of many of those celebrations. Social Media coverage has been collated and can be found here on our news page.
Bishop Philip has recorded a primary assembly about the symbolism undergirding the Coronation. The video can be viewed here.
Following the Coronation, between the period of Ascension (18 May) and Pentecost (28 May) we are invited to join in with Christians around the world, praying 24/7, for Thy Kingdom Come. We would love to encourage people to get involved in praying for people to come to faith. There are a number of ways to do this:
In the lead up to Pentecost the Hospital Chaplains across Lancs & S Cumbria and the Christian Medical Fellowship would like to invite you to pray in our hospital chapels for patients and staff in our healthcare system.800 prayer cards have been printed to distribute to our hospital wards to ask for prayer requests.
Bishop Jill Duff & Dr Paul Wadeson explain how you can get involved on this video.
If you wish to get involved, please sign up for a slot on this live spreadsheet. Or email to book or send prayer requests firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition, at this key time of transition for our Diocese, Bishop Philip’s Confirmation of Election in York Minster as Bishop of Blackburn took place on 25th April and his Installation in Blackburn Cathedral will be on Saturday 24th June at 2pm in Blackburn Cathedral.
Information about how you can keep praying every day for our diocese can be found here. To subscribe to the daily email, please click the link here to receive the prayer topics for each day, every day, direct to your inbox first thing in the morning.
Thank you for praying. Words cannot express thanks for all you do seen and unseen in your service of Jesus and the extending of His kingdom in Lancashire.