Prayer

Prayer is being aware of God. This takes many forms. As well as live-streamed daily worship, there are all sorts of resources available to deepen our prayers and encourage our faith. The range of resources reflects the variety of prayer styles that suit different personalities. As Dom John Chapman said, “pray as you can, not as you can’t”.

Bishop Martin and Bishop Mike have started a series of short videos exploring different types of prayer.

Light a candle and write a prayer on our virtual prayer wall.

Thy Kingdom Come

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension Day (21 May) and Pentecost (31 May) for more people to come to know Jesus.

 

This year we aim to Light up Suffolk with Prayer.

 

Further details here

 

Join in the national Stations of the Spirit here

A new video will be released daily. The contribution on Friday 22 May is from the clergy and musicians of St Edmundsbury Cathedral.

Music

For those who enjoy music, the Royal School of Church Music has a Hymn for the Day

and the Cathedral is posting music reflections regularly.

Discernment

To encourage daily awareness of God, the Cathedral has published simple Daily Quarantine Faith Questions (see image below).

 

“Examen” is a form of prayer that helps us discern the presence of God in our everyday lives. Here is one of the many versions available online.

 

For a combination of music and reflection, Pray as you Go offers a daily programme (about 15 mins) of music, bible reading and a guided reflection.

Silence

For those who enjoy silence, guidance is available from the World Community of Christian Meditation

as well as the Cathedral’s guide to Silent Meditation

Daily Reflections

There are lots of sources of daily Christian reflections. Here are a few we know to be good quality:

The Franciscan Richard Rohr writes on faith and the spiritual life for today

Henri Nouwen was a Jesuit and spiritual guide in the 20th Century promoting compassion and community

Lectio 365 is a daily devotional app that helps you prayerfully engage with the bible every day

Art

For those who enjoy art, Christian Art provide a daily image and brief commentary. Arts and Faith is a celebration of creative expressions of faith