Invite to Night Prayer with the Archbishop of York
Thursday 23rd August 2012The Archbishop of York John Sentamu is inviting people to join him in saying night prayer after the York Mystery Plays performance on 24th August.
The Archbishop, Patron of the Mystery Plays, will be leading Night Prayer (Compline) at St Olave’s Church, Marygate at 11.15pm (approx) directly after the performance. It is hoped that the service will help give cast, crew, volunteers and those attending the performance a space to reflect on the message of the Plays. Prayers will be said for those taking part and those who attend the Plays.
Compline, also known as night prayer, is being said after every evening performance in St Olave’s Church – the church which is situated next to Museum Gardens where the production is being held.
Dr Sentamu said:
“I am looking forward to seeing the Mystery Plays performance on 24th August. It’s fantastic that we can hold the biggest outdoor theatrical production in the country, in York, and involve the whole community in telling the story of the battle between good and evil as told in the Bible.
“I have heard this year’s production is wonderful – both challenging and inspiring. It’s great that St Olave’s is offering people the space to come and reflect on the message of the Plays.
“I hope everyone will come and join us after the performance. It’s important to pause and reflect on the incredible news that God is always with us. See you there.”
Rev’d Jane Nattrass said:
“We are delighted that the Archbishop will be leading Compline in St Olave’s after he has attended the performance on 24th August. Many people have appreciated the offering of prayer and time to reflect on the wonder, awe and spiritual encounter they experienced when attending York Mystery Plays 2012.”
A suggested prayer if you can’t make the service is as follows:
Almighty God, we thank you for those who dedicate their lives communicating your message of truth and love, especially those who have given their time and talents supporting the work of York Mystery Plays 2012. May we all experience the presence of the Lord in new ways and find space to open our hearts to your teaching, in the busy lives we lead. Amen.