There are just two weeks left for people to register their PLEDGE TO PRAY as individuals, families or parishes at global prayer movement, Thy Kingdom Come (www.thykingdomcome.global/#Pledge2PrayCounter). Individuals and parishes in our diocese like Braintree have already begun lighting up the map on the website with their pledges, while on Mersea Island, different churches have come together to pray ecumenically.
Thy Kingdom Come invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.
The hope is that:
- people will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family – as a church, individually or as a family;
- churches will hold prayer events, such as 24-7 prayer, prayer stations and prayer walks, across the UK and in other parts of the world;
- people will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.
Adele Angel, who works for the Vicariate for Evangelisation in Brentwood Diocese, is very enthusiastic about the initiative and is urging individuals and parishes to take part. “I think this is a good way to pray together ecumenically, and that brings us closer,” she says.
Family activities and Catholic Novena prayer booklets are now available from parish Stewards of the Gospel, says Adele, and there are lots of ideas on the Thy Kingdom Come website. She suggests that parishes could organise an hour of Exposition and Benediction; a parish prayer walk; Rosary, Fiat Rosary or Divine Will Chaplet or a Light a candle and prayer ceremony. “Whatever you do please remember to pledge online as an individual, parish or church,” she says.
To register your pledge, please go to: www.thykingdomcome.global/#Pledge2PrayCounter