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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

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: 

November 2014

Archbishop appoints Prior to oversee radical new community at Lambeth Palace - video
10 November 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury appoints the Revd Anders Litzell as Prior of the Community of St Anselm.…

October 2014

Archbishop Justin's sermon at Armagh Cathedral
3 October 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury preached at Choral Evensong at St Patrick's Cathedral, Armagh, on Thursday…

August 2014

Archbishop prays for Melanesian Brothers killed during peace work
11 August 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby dedicates memorial to martyred Brothers during short visit to the Church of Melanesia…

WWI Centenary: Archbishop to attend national commemoration in Belgium today
4 August 2014
Archbishop of Canterbury will join senior politicians and Royal Family members at a national ceremony…

Clarification of Times article on Chemin Neuf community at Lambeth Palace
4 August 2014
Catholic sister Ula Michlowicz does not receive Communion at the daily Anglican Eucharist at Lambeth…

July 2014

Follow Jesus in prayer, Archbishop tells Anglicans in Mauritius
7 July 2014
Archbishop urges focus on prayer, reconciliation and evangelism as he concludes visit to Anglican primates…

'No renewal of the Church without renewal of prayer' - Archbishop in South Africa
4 July 2014
In an address to the Anglicans Ablaze conference in Brynston yesterday, Archbishop Justin spoke of the…

June 2014

Archbishop Justin on the Bible's importance today - video
17 June 2014
Archbishop Justin Welby talks about the importance of the Bible during this morning's National Parliamentary…

Archbishop addresses National Parliamentary Prayer Breakfast
17 June 2014
Speaking in Westminster today the Archbishop said the global 21st century church must - as Pope Francis…

We must pray for Nigeria, says Archbishop
6 June 2014
Prayer must come first, but we must also support the Nigerian government and keep up visibility of the…

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