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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: 

January 2014

Church's future is one of 'joy and hope' says Archbishop
27 January 2014
In this sermon, preached yesterday at St Mary Magdalene Church on the royal estate in Sandringham in…

December 2013

After 25 years, Lambeth Palace bids fond farewell to Sisters
16 December 2013
Archbishop Justin thanks the Anglican Sisters for their service at Lambeth Palace

November 2013

Archbishop to welcome ecumenical community to Lambeth Palace
18 November 2013
Archbishop Justin announces 'an ecumenical step of some significance' as members of Chemin Neuf prepare…

Archbishop visits Korea with message of church unity
4 November 2013
The 'living presence of Jesus' sets the direction of the church, said Archbishop Justin

October 2013

'God is a God of justice': Archbishop Justin preaches in Reykjavik
25 October 2013
In a sermon delivered at the Porvoo Primates' Meeting in Iceland, Archbishop Justin warned the Church…

July 2013

Coming to faith: an interview with the Telegraph
13 July 2013
Archbishop Justin discusses growing up, converting to Christianity and life as "a spiritual magpie" in…

'There is a revolution': Archbishop Justin's address to Synod
5 July 2013
In his first presidential address to Synod, Archbishop Justin said "we live in a time of revolutions".…

June 2013

'A new bond' between Archbishop Justin and Christians in the Holy Land
29 June 2013
Palestinian church leaders prayed for Archbishop Justin yesterday when he visited the Church of the Holy…

WATCH: The Melanesian Brothers and Sisters visit Archbishop Justin
3 June 2013
Members of four Melanesian religious orders visited Archbishop Justin at Lambeth Palace on Thursday last…

April 2013

LISTEN: Travellers' Tales - Archbishop Justin on his journey into faith
15 April 2013
In an interview for the 'Travellers' Tales' radio show, Archbishop Justin spoke about finding God, his…

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