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Prayer and the Religious Life


“If we want to see things changed, it starts with prayer. It starts with a new spirit of prayer, using all the traditions, ancient and modern. When it comes, it will be linked to what has gone before, but it will look different – because it is a new renewal for new times. God’s created community is perfectly designed for its time and place. It almost always comes from below. It comes from Christians seeking Christ.” Archbishop Justin Welby


Prayer matters, and prayer changes things. History shows that a renewal of prayer can result not just in churches transformed, but whole societies too. Today, all over Europe, new communities of prayer are growing. By making the renewal of prayer the first priority of his ministry, Archbishop Justin hopes to encourage both existing and new religious communities in Britain.

encouraging all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer. Archbishop Justin hopes to help inspire Christians to explore the many different ways that prayer can bring them closer to God, enriching not just their own lives but the lives of those around them;

supporting new and existing religious communities which are devoted to simple lives of work, study and prayer (this is sometimes called ‘the Religious Life’). In such Christian communities, which date back to at least the 5th Century, living by a shared ‘rule’ helps members support one another to reach to new depths of love and obedience in their lives of faith.

As part of this, from January 2014, four members of Chemin Neuf - a Roman Catholic community with an ecumenical and teaching vocation - have come to live at Lambeth Palace to share in the daily round of prayer, as well as hospitality, which necessarily underpins everything else that happens here.

Read more about Archbishop Justin's commitment to prayer and the Religious Life: 

May 2015

Archbishop preaches in China
31 May 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby preached today at Muen Church, Shanghai, China. Read his sermon below.

April 2015

Spreading joy through the Church — Archbishop Justin on the Religious life
29 April 2015
Religious communities call the Church 'back to seeing what we exist for' says Archbishop Justin Welby…

Video: 'Prayer is one of the most dangerous things anyone can ever do'
27 April 2015
Speaking at a 24-7 Prayer 'Boiler Room' in Guildford recently, Archbishop Justin Welby said that when…

Archbishop opens nominations for 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize
10 April 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, today announced the opening of nominations for the 2016 Michael…

WATCH: Archbishop Justin's Holy Week lectures
5 April 2015
Archbishop Justin reflected on prayer, reconciliation and evangelism in three lectures at Canterbury…

March 2015

Holy Week lectures at Canterbury Cathedral
25 March 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury will reflect on prayer, reconciliation and evangelism in three lectures…

Young Christians invited to spend 'a year in God's time'
2 March 2015
Applications open for Christians aged 20-35 to spend a radical year in a monastic-inspired community…

February 2015

Archbishop meets and prays with Birmingham youth workers
22 February 2015
Archbishop Justin met with youth workers in Birmingham on Saturday evening, telling them their work would…

January 2015

Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message
1 January 2015
Transcript of the Archbishop of Canterbury's New Year Message, filmed at the National Memorial Arboretum…

December 2014

Archbishop of Canterbury meets children affected by Ebola in Sierra Leone
17 December 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby meets and prays with communities dealing with Ebola during visit to Freetown…

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