Archbishop calls for Vigil of Prayer ahead of Brexit vote


The Archbishop of York is inviting all to join him in a vigil of prayer ahead of the Commons vote on the Brexit deal.  The vigil will start on Sunday 9 December at 6am until Tuesday 11 December at midnight.

The Archbishop, after much prayerful consideration, has written a special prayer which he is encouraging everyone to pray on the hour, every hour throughout the three days.  York Minster is open as a place of prayer. All are invited to attend. This prayer will be readily available to use and will be said by the duty Chaplain at York Minster throughout Monday and Tuesday. 

The Archbishop said: “At this time of uncertainty I have been asked by many people to call for prayer. Please may I encourage you to join me in this Prayer Vigil as we work for peace and unity at this time.”

As the decision in the Brexit deal has not yet been realised by Parliament, the Archbishop thanked all for joining him in prayer and tweeted at the close of his prayer vigil that he will continue to use this amended prayer 3 times a day: 6am, 12 noon and 6pm. ‘Please continue to pray with me up to the Exiting of the European Union on 29th March 2019.’

The Archbishop’s prayer reads:

God of eternal love and power,

Save our Parliamentary Democracy;

Protect the 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. Amen.

Please add these to your prayers:

Lord, have mercy.
Christ, have mercy.
Lord, have mercy.

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 them that 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.