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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 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…

LISTEN: Take an audio tour of Archbishop Justin's prayer journey
3 April 2013
Listen to four programmes recorded by the BBC’s Daily Service during Archbishop Justin's prayer journey…

March 2013

Thousands greet Archbishop on final day of prayer pilgrimage
19 March 2013
Crowds lined the streets of Chichester to welcome Archbishop Justin, who will be enthroned in Canterbury…

'Nothing transforms us more than prayer': Archbishop's pilgrimage day four - Cornwall
18 March 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury said today he was "overwhelmed" by the support of Cornish people on the…

Watch: Archbishop Justin’s prayer pilgrimage reaches London on day three
16 March 2013
Visiting the capital on his prayer pilgrimage today, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, prayed…

Day two of the Archbishop's prayer pilgrimage - Coventry
15 March 2013
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, continued his ‘Journey in Prayer’ today, arriving in…

Day one of the Archbishop's prayer pilgrimage - Norwich
14 March 2013
Over a thousand people came onto the streets of Norwich today to welcome the Archbishop of Canterbury,…

Journey in Prayer
4 March 2013
All are welcome to join Archbishop Justin on this Journey in Prayer in the days before his enthronement…

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