Archbishop Thabo will be one of those attending this
meeting, together with other archbishops from across Africa and the Communion:
[Anglican Communion News Service] Christians around the world are praying for
next weekâ€™s Primates Meeting taking place in the grounds of Canterbury
The Primates Meeting is one of the Anglican Communionâ€™s four Instruments of
Unity and provides an opportunity for the leaders of the independent but
interdependent Anglican Churches to gather for â€œleisurely thought, prayer and
A prayer from the secretary
general of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon accompanied
the invitation from the Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby to his fellow
archbishops and presiding bishops. And a litany for the meeting was published in November with an
invitation to Anglicans and other Christians to â€œpray dailyâ€ for the meeting.
This week, Archbishop Justin issued a video
message asking people to pray for â€œwisdom and loveâ€ and a special Primates
2016 website was launched with a page
dedicated to prayer for the meeting.
The Anglican mission agency Mothersâ€™ Union, which works to support family life
in 27 Anglican provinces, invited its members to pray daily for the bishops and archdeacons attending the
The call to pray has been echoed by many Anglican primates.
Archbishop Brown Turei is one of three primates of the Anglican Church in
Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia. He wonâ€™t be in Canterbury for the meeting,
but says that â€œall three of us, as primates, speak for each other â€“ and so
Archbishops Winston and Philip carry my voice to Canterbury and I wish to hold
them in prayer with the work they have to do.â€
â€œThe fact that the invitation to Canterbury was to all three of us as Primates
demonstrates an appreciation of a model that reflects diversity, and so I hope
that can emerge from Canterbury in the next week,â€ he said.
A series of collects and a form
of intercession has been published for use in the province to help people
pray for the Primates Meeting.
The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church in America, the Most Revd Michael
Curry, said: â€œI look forward to being present with my fellow primates as we
gather for prayer and conversation and as we support each other in ministry.
â€œI invite Episcopalians to join me in prayer for this gathering, that God will
be fully present with us and that we may follow our Lord Jesus in the ways of
His love and in so doing be part of Godâ€™s blessing to the world.â€
In November, in an address at the first group of sessions of the new five-year
General Synod of the Church of England, Queen Elizabeth II commented: â€œI am
sure that members of the Synod will pray earnestly that the gathering in
January of the Primates of the Anglican Communion will be a time when,
together, they may know what is Godâ€™s will.â€
Many local churches are holding special prayer services for the Primates
Meeting. Among them is St Luke's Parish Church in in Kingston upon Thames,
South West London, where the Primates Meeting was the focus of their Hour of
Prayer before the Blessed Sacrament last night (Wednesday) and again next
â€œI grew up with a love and appreciation for the witness of the world wide
Communion,â€ the Vicar of St Lukeâ€™s, the Revd Martin Hislop, said. He was
ordained as a priest in Australia, and says that his home province â€œhas greatly
benefited from its participation in the Communion and it tears at the heart to
see division and disunity within the family of Anglican Churches.
â€œAt St Lukeâ€™s as we recall the wish of Our Lord that â€˜we may all be one.â€™ We
pray that the chief shepherds of the Communion will heed Our Lordâ€™s cry and
remain faithful to the Faith delivered to the Apostles.â€
Another church praying regularly for the Primates Meeting is All Saintsâ€™ Parish
Church in Durbanville, Cape Town, South Africa, whether the gathering is being
prayed for at Sunday and midweek services.
â€œThe concluding prayer to the Litany is being prayed 24/7 by our prayer chain,â€
the Very Revd Bruce Jenneker, Rector of All Saintsâ€™ said. â€œOur hope is that the
Spirit will strengthen the bonds of trust and unity by an outpouring of
gentleness, tolerance, acceptance and love.â€
- To help you pray for the Primates Meeting, prayers will be
published daily on the prayer page of the special Primates2016 website.
Posted By Anglican Media Office, Bishopscourt to Archbishop
Thabo Makgoba on 1/07/2016 01:23:00 pm