Thy Kingdom Come - Lord's Prayer

2 May 2018

Wakefield Cathedral invites you to say Lord's Prayer every day of Thy Kingdom Come

Wakefield Cathedral will say the Lord’s Prayer aloud every lunchtime as part of the ten day global wave of prayer campaign launched by the Archbishop of Canterbury and the Archbishop of York.

Visitors will be invited to stop to join in with the prayer as it is said at 12.30pm every day, or continue on their journey round the Grade 1 Listed building.

Wakefield Cathedral is saying the Lord’s Prayer at lunchtime as part of its commitment to the prayer initiative Thy Kingdom Come that takes place in May from Ascension Day to Pentecost – May 10 to May 20th.

Wakefield Cathedral’s Canon Precentor, the Revd Canon Leah Vasey Saunders said: “This is the prayer that Jesus gave to us, it is the prayer to encompass all our prayers. It is a prayer for ourselves and for others; to ask for God’s forgiveness and guidance, and a prayer for God’s kingdom of love to come in our lives and the life of our world today.

“And it will be familiar to most people,” she added.

The Acting Dean of Wakefield Cathedral, Canon Tony MacPherson said: “There is a long tradition in Christianity for saying this prayer four times a day – sometimes seven in monastic communities.

“We already say it in our daily services but we wanted to say it out loud, to offer it to our visitors to join in with, or just to take a moment and allow it to wash over them as they go about their daily lives.”

“And if it is successful we hope to make this a lunchtime tradition and embed it in the prayerful life of our Cathedral.”

Now in its third year, Thy Kingdom Come is a simple invitation to pray and participation has grown every year. In its first year, 2016, 100,000 Christians pledged to pray. By 2017, every diocese in the Church of England was involved with many cathedrals taking part, some of which hosted 'beacon' events designed to focus prayers in towns and cities nationwide. Last year Wakefield Cathedral hosted the beacon event for all the parishes across the Diocese of Leeds and this year, the main beacon event will be held in Bradford Cathedral on Sunday 13 May at 3pm.

Lord's Prayer said aloud every day at 12.30 pm in Wakefield Cathedral May 10-20 inclusive.

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 those who 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.

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