Some topical prayers said in Bishopthorpe Chapel include prayers for peace for peoples of the Middle East and Zimbabwe, for world leaders, for military personnel and those caught in conflict and for higher purpose.
The Archbishop of York has also recorded a track entitled 'For this reason' which is available from the Album "Rhythms of Fire" by the Psalm Drummers. The words are from Ephesians 3:14-19.
Alternatively you could choose from the Church of England's Common Worship at a time that suits you, Morning and Evening Prayers.
If you are looking for a place to pray, you may wish to find a quiet place to reflect and pray on your own, or have you considered visiting your local church? To see where your nearest Anglican church is, please visit A Church Near You website for more information.
For more prayers, visit the Church of England prayers section of the website for prayers taken from the Book of Common Prayer or Common Worship.
“God Bless Zimbabwe,Guard Her Children,Guide Her Leaders,especially Emmerson Mnangagwa, and Lead Her in the Way of Peace, Love, Truth, Justice, Reconciliation,and The Rule of Law. Amen”
May Isaiah 33:21 be fulfilled for all the people of Zimbabwe :
“The glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams.”
It is time to go into the closet,the cellar,the crypt, as Jesus Christ told us and pray for the people of Zimbabwe For Peace,Security and the Rule of Law. “God bless Zimbabwe:Guide her Rulers,Guard her Children & Lead her in Peace & Prosperity. Amen
Prayers tweeted by Archbishop Sentamu on Nov 22, and Nov 24, 2017
We pray for the people of Zimbabwe.
May the churches be united as they continue to offer the practical help needed to equip those who struggle to lift themselves out of poverty.
We ask that you bless the farmers of Zimbabwe.
Encourage them to be motivated and disciplined as they work your land so that they may benefit for years to come.
Let them see that they have an important role to play in the rebuilding and sustainable future of their country.
For those in desperate need, we pray that you will give them hope in times of difficulty.
We pray that this nation will be renewed and refreshed through your Holy Spirit.
The Archbishop called for individuals to join him in prayer on the International Prayer Day for Zimbabwe (26 Sept 2010).
We pray for peace in our communities this day.
We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,
And those who work to uphold law and justice.
We pray for an end to fear,
For comfort and support to those who suffer.
For calm in our streets and cities,
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
In your mercy, hear our prayers,
now and always.
O almighty God,
who can bring good out of evil,
and who can make even the wrath of humanity turn to your praise:
we pray that you will so order and dispose the affairs of the nations
that we may be brought through strife to lasting peace;
and that the nations of the world
may be united in a new fellowship
for the promotion of your glory,
and the good of humankind,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Help us, good Lord, to follow the example of your Son
in fearlessly holding to those things which are true,
despite the divisions both in human society
and in the understandings of others.
But give us the strength also, Lord,
to recognize our liability to error,
and to venerate your presence
in the hopes and lives of others.
So let us, at the last,
be drawn into the Kingdom of true righteousness
where all are drawn together
in acknowledgment of your will.
We lift up our hearts, O Lord,
in intercession for all who carry civic and political responsibilities.
Grant that, putting aside all merely selfish ambition,
they may seek to be the instruments of your will
and carry out your purpose for the welfare of your people;
and may they both seek and see your glory
in happier human lives,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
May the God who gives life to all creatures
give to us a vision of a sanctified world
beyond the conflicts of this present time.
Help us to remember
that the divine purposes are not served by human wrath,
and that wickedness expresses itself, as does virtue,
in the intentions and acts of all people.
To the end of our days, O Lord, preserve us in the hope of a world
filled with your goodness and illuminated by your mercy.
A short selection of the prayers used by Archbishop Sentamu in leading public intercessions in York Minster every hour during the day throughout his vigil in August 2006.
Lord, make me a channel of your peace,
Where there is hatred, let me be your love
Where there is injury, let me be your healing and pardon
Where there is despair, let me be your hope
Where there is darkness, let me be your light
Where there is sadness, let me be your consolation and joy
Help me to love with all my heart;
To understand as I have been understood;
To forgive as I have been forgiven;
To give and to serve without counting the cost,
Lord, make me a channel of your peace. Amen.
A prayer after Saint Francis of Assisi adapted by John Sentamu.
Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done;
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread.
And forgive us our trespasses,
as we forgive those who trespass against us.
And lead us not into temptation;
but deliver us from evil.
For thine is the kingdom,
the power and the glory,
for ever and ever. Amen.
For the Peoples of the Middle East
Your kingdom come, O Lord,
with deliverance for the needy,
with peace for the righteous,
with overflowing blessing for all nations,
with glory, honour and praise
for the One God and Father of us all.
Common Worship Collect for Psalm 72, adapted
O God, lead us from death to life,
from falsehood to truth.
Lead us from despair to hope,
from fear to trust.
Lead us from hate to love,
from war to peace.
Let peace fill our hearts, our world, our universe.
World Prayer for Peace, Satish Kumar
Oh God, you are Peace.
From you comes Peace,
to you Returns Peace.
Revive us with a salutation of Peace,
and lead us to your abode of Peace.
a saying from The Prophet, used in daily prayer by Muslims
May the name of the Lord be blessed now and for ever.
May there be abundant peace from heaven,
and a happy life for us and for all Israel.
Our help is in the name of the Lord, who made heaven and earth.
May he who makes peace in his high places grant (in his mercy)
peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.
From Jewish Morning Prayer
Father, we pray for all young military personnel. May fear and confusion not lead them to cruelty. May they show compassion wherever possible. Enable them to fulfil their duty dispassionately, that their souls may not be scarred by the passions let loose in violence. And we pray for all leaders who are responsible for war, that they may find peaceful ways of solving their countries' problems, through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Patricia Mitchell, adapted
Merciful and loving God: we know that your desire is for all your children to live in peace. We pray for those who are now in danger as they defend the cause of justice. Watch over them and keep them in your mercy and your care. Support and comfort those who are filled with anxious thoughts for their loved ones. Bless those parents and children, those husbands and wives, brothers and sisters, all loved ones, who are now divided in time of war. Restore to us the joy of your salvation and uphold us with your blessed spirit of peace. This we pray in the name of the Prince of Peace Jesus Christ our Lord.
United Methodist Church
As he set out on each journey, he used his 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,
For All that Lies Ahead.
May Your Holy Angels,
Watch, Defend , and Protect Us
Against All Evil. Amen.
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.
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.
A prayer for the 2019 General Election.
God of grace and truth,
send your Spirit to guide us
as we discover your will for our country.
Help us to discuss the issues before us
with courtesy, truth and mutual respect,
and grant that all who stand for parliament
will seek to serve the common good,
through him who came not to be served but to serve,
Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
God of eternal love and power,
save our Parliamentary Democracy;
protect our High Court of
Parliament and all its members
from partiality and prejudice;
that they may walk humbly the path of kindness, justice and mercy.
Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good.
The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength,
therefore we pray earnestly, Father,
send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength.
Lord, graciously hear us.
© Archbishop Sentamu
God of all Hopefulness,
Upholding and Renewing your Creation:
Give your Grace abundantly to our
European Union Leaders, that they may
Lead with Wisdom and Insight,
With a Willingness to Lead and be Led.
In your mercy cast out, in us, all fear,
godlessness, sin and love of money,
And help us to live Truth, Justice,
Peace, Compassion and Joy.
To the Glory of your Name.
© Archbishop Sentamu