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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: 

April 2014

Listen To God: Hear the Poor | Fr Dominic McKenna on reaching out to those in need
10 April 2014
It's day five of Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols's week of prayer for Christian…

Listen To God: Hear the Poor - join the week of prayer for Christian social action
7 April 2014
Each day this week Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols invite you to join them in praying…

Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols introduce Listen To God: Hear the Poor
4 April 2014
Introducing their week of prayer 'Listen To God: Hear the Poor', the Archbishops are encouraging people…

March 2014

Voices from the Archbishop's Religious Life conference - video
31 March 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby hosted a major gathering of Anglican Religious Communities…

Archbishop calls for 'wild burst of imagination' about the Religious Life - video
31 March 2014
Watch highlights and read the transcript of Archbishop Justin's address to a major gathering of Anglican…

Archbishop joins Town Pastors during visit to CofE in Suffolk
30 March 2014
Archbishop Justin joined the Town Pastors in Ipswich city centre on Friday night after arriving to join…

Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols to jointly visit Church social action projects
28 March 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of Westminster will jointly visit two projects as part…

Archbishop Justin hosts major gathering of Anglican Religious Communities
28 March 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby today welcomed over 100 members of a broad range of Anglican…

February 2014

Archbishop Justin and Cardinal Nichols announce week of prayer for church social action
26 February 2014
The Archbishop of Canterbury and the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster have launched a joint initiative…

Father, make them one: Chemin Neuf community comes to Lambeth Palace
20 February 2014
In a joyful ceremony with guests from Roman Catholic, Anglican and Lutheran churches, Archbishop Justin…

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