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Prayers for Pilgrimage

Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu is undertaking a six month Pilgrimage of Prayer, Witness and Blessing across the Diocese of York between 1 December 2015 and 22 May 2016.

To follow and share in Archbishop Sentamu’s journey, please visit:

Map showing area covered by the Diocese of York

As he sets out on this journey, here is the Archbishop's Pilgrimage Prayer:

God of Our Pilgrimage,
Thank You for Your Friendship.
Be the Fire Leading Us.
Be the Star Guiding Us.
Be the Good Shepherd Calling Us.

May the Holy Spirit,
Strengthen Us
For All that Lies Ahead.

May Your Holy Angels,
Surrounding Us:
Watch, Defend , and Protect Us
Against All Evil. Amen.



Here is a personal prayer the Archbishop has written for individual private prayer:

Father in Heaven,
Mould me into Christlikeness;
And Stir up in me,
the Fire of Your Love.

Holy Spirit,
Fill me with Your Power;
And Help me to Tell of the Love
And Salvation in Jesus of Nazareth.

Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the Father,
Renew my Friendship in You;
And help me to Serve You
With a Quiet Mind and a Burning Spirit.

Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
Please Keep Me
In the Joy, Simplicity, and Compassion
Of Your Holy Gospel. Amen.