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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: 

March 2016

'The only certainty in the world is Jesus Christ' - Archbishop speaks at New Wine conference
7 March 2016
Read the Archbishop's talk at the New Wine Leadership Conference in Harrogate, Yorkshire.

February 2016

Archbishops call for ‘great wave of prayer’ for evangelism during Pentecost
26 February 2016
The Archbishops of Canterbury and York are inviting churches to pray for the evangelisation of the nation…

Archbishop announces shortlist for 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize
22 February 2016
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has announced the shortlist for the 2016 Michael Ramsey Prize,…

'An experiment in monastic life' - the Community of St Anselm on their year in God's time
11 February 2016
The Community of St Anselm, launched by Archbishop Justin Welby last year, speak about their 'year in…

December 2015

Archbishop invites more young Christians to spend ‘a year in God’s time’
15 December 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury has invited more young Christians to join the Community of St Anselm at…

November 2015

Blog: Why arguing with God is not the same as not believing in him
23 November 2015
In a blog today Archbishop Justin Welby reflected on how headline writers interpreted his interview with…

Archbishop of Canterbury on the Church of England's prayer advert
22 November 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby commented today on the decision by leading cinemas not to show the Church of…

Visit to the Archbishop of Canterbury by the Ecumenical Patriarch - joint communique
4 November 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew conclude two days of prayer, worship and…

Archbishop and Patriarch Bartholomew hold prayer vigil for refugees
3 November 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby and Patriarch Bartholomew led an ecumenical prayer vigil at Lambeth Palace Chapel…

September 2015

Archbishop launches monastic-inspired young community for young Christians
18 September 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby commissioned the first members of the Community of St Anselm in a special service…

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