Praying through the year

Our world goes through different times and seasons as we do in our own lives, and these are all held within our relationship with God, which changes and grows as we do. This change is natural and is reflected in our prayers throughout the year. The following prayer guides can help connect us to the changing rhythms of the year.

Diocesan Prayer Calendar

St Margarets - Christmas lights_cropThe Diocesan Prayer Calendar is published at the end of each month, ready to be used at the start of the next month. The calendar gives information on people and organisations for you to remember in your prayers.

To access the Prayer Calendar, please follow the link below.

Canterbury Diocese Prayer Calendar

Prayer through the Seasons

Corn Sheaf‘For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven’ (Ecclesiastes 3:1; NRSV). Even in the 21st century the rhythm of the seasons provides structure to our lives – each season bringing its own purpose and preparation for the next season. The Church Calendar still shows evidence of our agricultural past in the Harvest Festival and other festivals. It also celebrates and commemorates the events of Christ’s saving life and death – from his conception and birth, through to his death, resurrection and ascension, and the sending of the Holy Spirit – which, over time, have become interwoven with other Christian commemoration, for example saints days. The rhythm of this calendar provides a focus for contemplation, reverence and prayer for Christians throughout the year.

The websites below provide further information on the Church Calendar and prayer that has particular relevance through the seasons.

Nine Days of Prayer or Novena

Jesus told his disciples to wait for nine days in Jerusalem, after which they received the Holy Spirit at the Festival of Pentecost. Since then, followers of Jesus have remembered this waiting for God and have waited themselves in the nine days between Ascension and Pentecost, setting it aside as a special time for listening and waiting. Each year in the days leading up to Pentecost the Canterbury Diocese holds a Novena – Nine Days of Prayer.

Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Peacock feathers240wThe Anglican Cycle of Prayer is a systematic schedule of prayer for people and places in the Anglican church worldwide.