Archbishop Sentamu’s Vigil of Hope and Trust for Peace


The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu is to return to York Minster this Sunday 24 August as he begins a week-long fast and vigil of ‘Hope and Trust for the Peace of the World’.

The Archbishop will be praying on the hour, every hour, from 6am to 6pm, from Sunday 24th August to Sunday 31st August, in the St John’s Chapel at York Minster. 

In advance of his vigil of ‘Hope and Trust for the Peace of the World’ Dr Sentamu issued the following statement:

 “Dearly beloved Disciples of Jesus Christ, wherever you are in the world, I beseech you, in the Name of our Lord, to join me in heart and mind for seven days of prayer and fasting for peace and justice in God's World. 

Please join me in praying especially for those places in our global village devastated by militarism, idolatry (the worship of God wrongly conceived), dictatorships and abject poverty

One way of making our solidarity and commitment together to be instruments and makers of peace is to place white linen in our windows.  All people of good will may do this! Be the change you want to see”.

Throughout the prayers, the Archbishop is encouraging individuals to have a white linen cloth at hand to serve as a reminder of peace.

 Note to the Media

Media are welcome to attend York Minster on Sunday 24 August at 11.15am approx. for photographs. Access is via the South Transept entrance

The Archbishop’s Prayers at York Minster follow:

The Archbishop will use the following prayer cycle. Three Kyrie Eleison (Lord Have Mercy) are said in succession, followed by the Lord’s Prayer.  This cycle is repeated three times. The Archbishop will be saying the following prayers on the hour, every hour from 6am to 6pm.


Kyrie Eleison

Lord Have Mercy

Lord Have Mercy

Christ Have Mercy

Christ Have Mercy

Lord Have Mercy

Lord Have Mercy


The Lord’s Prayer

Our Father which art in heaven,

Hallowed be thy Name.

Thy kingdom come.

Thy will be done in 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,