Pilgrimage of Prayer
Bishop Christopher writes...

On Ascension Day we will begin our Diocesan Pilgrimage of Prayer 'From Cloud to Fire', praying for the giving and the work of the Holy Spirit in us and amongst us as we approach the Feast of Pentecost.  This ties in with the Archbishops' Call to Prayer 'Thy Kingdom Come'.

My intern, Victoria Price, has prepared a valuable booklet which is intended to guide and accompany us through the Pilgrimage of Prayer. The booklet contains a page for each day from Ascension to Pentecost with a verse of scripture, a reflection written by Bishop John, two or three themes for prayer and our Pilgrimage Prayer, which Bishop John has composed for the week.

Bishop John, together with Bishop David and Bishop Jonathan, hope that it will be used across the Diocese so that we will seek God as one people, with one heart and one voice, allowing the Spirit to renew, inspire and equip us in our witness to the risen Jesus.

May I encourage you make time to consider how to use this material to engage with the Pilgrimage of Prayer. The ways you do this will of course be varied and different:

  • You could incorporate this material into your regular pattern of daily prayer.
  • You might like to offer a time each day when your place of worship will be open for quiet prayer and reflection, or for prayer ministry or the ministry of reconciliation.
  • You could use the scriptures and themes for prayer with youth or children’s groups or in your schools’ work, and encourage use of the booklet in home or small groups.
  • Other ideas include prayer stations, holding continuous prayer for 12 or 24 hours, or setting up a prayer room.

I look forward to hearing of your experiences through the Pilgrimage.

In the booklet you will also find information about various Pilgrimage opportunities: at the Cathedral, including our Beacon Event on Pentecost Sunday; at the Coventry Prayer House, with HOPE Coventry, and of course the pilgrimage walks.

There are additional liturgies, collects and intercessions for personal or corporate use, and links to further resources from the Archbishops' initiative 'Thy Kingdom Come'.