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Prayer For Madeleine


Friday 2nd May 2008

The Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, has written a special prayer to mark the one year anniversary of the abduction of Madeleine McCann.

The Prayer reads:

Father God,

We pray for Madeleine McCann.

Keep her safe and take away her fear and anxiety.

May your holy angels guard and protect her.

We pray that she may be reunited with those who love her.

Give hope to all her loved ones

And hear our cry for her safe return

We offer our prayer in the name of the Good Shepherd 

Jesus Christ, your Son and our Lord.


As he released the prayer to the public, Dr. Sentamu renewed his call for efforts to be re-doubled in finding Madeleine:

"A year ago today Madeleine McCann was abducted from her bed in Portugal. I ask that all of us redouble our efforts to pray for her safe return.

Archbishop lights a candle for missing Madeleine"Here at Bishopthorpe Palace, prayers have been said daily for her, and a candle burns in hope near a poster of Madeleine.  As the poster of a year ago says: 'look into my eyes'.

"May we each look and not turn away."

The Archbishop has previously spoken out in strong support of Gerry and Kate McCann and has criticised the media for their coverage of the case. 

Writing in The Sun Newspaper in September 2007 the Archbishop said:

"If all the energy put into speculating about Gerry and Kate was instead dedicated to finding Maddie, who knows where we might be right now?

"Speculation will not help. Evidence and witnesses will. Finding Madeleine must again be the priority and focus of the police and of each of us.

"Our focus must again be upon the love of the parents for their lost daughter, for their hope that they may one day be reunited with her and for their faith that she is still alive.

"These must be our watchwords — faith, hope and love. For as St Paul once wrote, "in the end it is these three which remain: Faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love."

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