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:
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…
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…
Archbishop's sermon at Community of St Anselm commitment service
18 September 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby preached today in a special Service of Commitment at Lambeth Palace Chapel to…
Young Christians prepare to spend ‘a year in God’s time’ at Lambeth Palace
24 August 2015
Radical Jesus-shaped community arrives in just a few weeks
Archbishop Justin: 'Jesus calls us to live in hope'
29 July 2015
Christians are called to live in hope not fear, the Archbishop of Canterbury said in this talk at HTB…
Archbishop Justin welcomes Pastor Adeboye to Lambeth Palace
21 July 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury met and prayed with leader of the Redeemed Christian Church of God today.…
Archbishop preaches at service for new Parliament
9 June 2015
The Archbishop of Canterbury preached today at the Service for the New Parliament at St Margaret's Church,…
Archbishop preaches in China
31 May 2015
Archbishop Justin Welby preached today at Muen Church, Shanghai, China. Read his sermon below.
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…