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Journey in Prayer

Monday 4th March 2013

All are welcome to join Archbishop Justin on this Journey in Prayer in the days before his enthronement in Canterbury Cathedral.

In the days leading up to the beginning of his public ministry, Archbishop Justin will be travelling around the Province of Canterbury and taking time to pray with all those who are able to join him. From March 14th – March 19th he will visit five cities and six cathedrals; everyone is invited to come along and join him on the Journey in Prayer at any time. Gather in the morning, pray for the whole day, or drop in whenever you have time. You are truly welcome.

Entry to each cathedral will be available free and will include prayer activities drawn from the range of Anglican spirituality, including:

  • Prayer trees: As you stand before these trees, write a personal prayer on a green luggage tag and hang it on one of the branches. It’s okay to write a prayer for yourself; it’s also okay to write a prayer for someone else. And there is no prayer too big or too small to offer to God. 
  • Labyrinths: Labyrinths are very ancient forms of worship that enact a form of spiritual pilgrimage. Unlike a maze, a labyrinth has only one path - there are no dead ends. Walk the labyrinth slowly, as an aid to contemplative prayer and reflection, as a spiritual exercise, or as a form of pilgrimage.
  • Prayer maps: As you look at these maps of the world, pray for a place that is special to you or that you would particularly like God to bless. 

Text your prayer  

Prayer can happen anywhere. During the Journey in Prayer you can send your prayers or your requests for prayer by text message from wherever you are and they will be shown on a screen in the Cathedral. Please note that messages will be moderated before prayers appear on the screen and there may be times when we simply can’t fit them all on. Text your prayers to: 07432 303 765 



Thursday March 14th – Norwich

11.30am  Pray outside the Norwich Forum. Around 80 children from church schools in Harleston and Dickleburfgh will be present, along with Revd James Roskelly and Revd Nigel Tufnell. 

11.45am  Journey to the Cathedral

12.00–17.30pm  Prayer time in Norwich Cathedral, including: 

1pm, 2pm, 3pm, 4pm & 5pm  The Archbishop will lead brief prayers, asking everyone in the Cathedral to be quiet and join with him. This is what happens every day in the Cathedral as part of the ministry of the Cathedral Chaplains. 

2.30 and 3.30pm  Lectio Divina: group prayer in the Jesus Chapel. 

4.05pm  Taizé chant: Norwich Taizé group and musicians from Norwich School will lead prayerful chants for 20 minutes before the Nave Altar. 

5.30pm  Choral Evensong led by the Girls and Men of the Cathedral Choir, this is held in the eastern arm of the building. This is part of the daily round of worship in the Cathedral and today will conclude Archbishop Justin's visit. The Archbishop will give us God's blessing at the end of the service. 


Friday March 15th Coventry

9am  Gather at Broadgate

9.15am  Prayer outside. The Archbishop will be welcomed by the Mayor of Coventry and will then respond and lead a prayer. Local school children will be present. The group will then walk to the ruins of the old Cathedral to pray for reconciliation. Asian Christian drummers will accompany the group on the journey.  

9.30am–3pm  Prayer time in Coventry Cathedral. The Archbishop will introduce a short prayer each hour, on the hour. Musical accompaniment will be provided by Jimmy Lawrence at 11.30am and by the Bablake Junior School Choir at 1.30pm.


Saturday March 16th – London & Southwark

10.30am  Gather by the blue plaque marking the birthplace of St. Thomas Becket (Archbishop of Canterbury, 1161-1170) by the corner of Cheapside and Ironmonger Lane, in the City of London. 

Journey to St. Paul’s Cathedral.

In St. Paul’s Cathedral from 10:45–12:15pm there will be time to pray for the world with the prayer maps or in response to Holman Hunt’s Light of the World painting. You are welcome to come and go as you wish through the North Transept doors.

The journey then continues across the river to Southwark. 

12.15pm  Depart from St. Paul's. Walk to Paternoster Square, pray by Shepherd & Sheep. 

12.30pm  Gather by the south end of the Millennium Bridge. Walk across bridge to be met on the South Bank by the Zimbabwean Mothers Union Choir. Continue walking along the South Bank, past Tate Modern and the Globe theatre, accompanied by the choir singing and dancing.  

1.10pm  Arrive in Borough Market. Market bell will ring to call people to prayer. The Archbishop will lead a prayer in the centre of the market. Continue walking market to main doors of Southwark Cathedral. 

1.15 –5:30pm  Pray in Southwark Cathedral. There will be many different ways to pray in the Cathedral, including:

  • Lectio Divina: Latin for "divine reading", Lectio Divina is a way to prayerfully read a passage of scripture in a way which allows time and space to absorb the text and make a prayerful response. A card giving simple instructions to guide you through the story of Zaccheus can be found in the retrochoir.
  • On-screen guided prayer: simply stop for a while to reflect on these words and pictures. Take these few minutes to let your prayers be guided in response to the Lord’s Prayer, the prayer Jesus himself taught us.
  • Celtic-style prayers: if you’re not sure how to begin praying, there are cards you can borrow with prayers that reflect the Celtic Christian tradition of praying for the ordinary things in our lives and asking God to be with us in the day-to-day.

Prayer time to include: 14.30 - New Renaissance Voices sing a selection of European Lenten music. 16.00 - Evening prayer in the Harvard Chapel. 

5.30pm  Closing prayers. Canon Gilly Myers to officiate; Archbishop Justin to give final blessing.


Monday March 18th - Truro

9.45am  Gather at Lemon Quay (outside the Market Inn). Singing and drumming by children from Archbishop Benson School. 

10.10  Welcome from VIPs. Prayer outside followed by walk to Truro Cathedral. Healing on the Streets prayer group at High Cross.

10:30–15:30  Prayer time in Truro Cathedral. To include: 11.30 - Contemporary music (Holy Trinity, St. Austell). 12.30 - Reading of a chapter of Luke (part of the Lent programme at the Cathedral). 15.30 - Dismissal liturgy leading out to High Cross with music from Bishop Cornish School Junk Band.


Tuesday March 19th – Chichester

11:45  Gather at the Market Cross. Prayer outside followed by walk along West Street to Chichester Cathedral. Children from Rumboldswhyke CofE Infants school will be among those present, with Fr Stuart Cradduck. 

12:0017:30  Prayer time in Chichester Cathedral. To include: meditative music from the Northumbria Community; music from Officium (Renaissance motets with jazz saxophone) with meditative material from the English mystics (e.g. Julian of Norwich) available. 

17:30  Choral Evensong in the Cathedral


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