Archbishop Michael Jackson and Archbishop Justin Welby arei endorsing the call made by Pope Francis for Christians of all denominations around the world to pray the Lord’s Prayer at midday CET – 11am in Ireland – today Wednesday March 25, 2020.
“I commend the Call to Prayer centred on the prayer Our Lord gave his disciples. The Our Father is the simplest and most direct Christian prayer known to every generation in every land. I encourage all to say it at this time of critical anxiety and anxious crisis,” Archbishop Jackson said yesterday evening.
Pope Francis has invited Christian leaders and congregations worldwide to pray the Lord’s Prayer simultaneously on the Feast of the Annunciation.
Speaking on Sunday, he called for all Christians to respond to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness”, adding, “Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried”.
His call has also been endorsed by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby and the Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Archbishop Josiah Idowu–Fearon.
Archbishop Justin said: “When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray he taught them the words that we know as the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father. This prayer gives us words to pray even when we don’t know how or what to pray.
“I will be joining with Pope Francis and with Christians all round the world to pray the Lord’s Prayer at 1100 London time (1200 Rome) tomorrow, commending the world into God’s merciful care at this difficult time.”
Speaking on Sunday, Pope Francis called for all Christians to respond to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness”, adding, “Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried”.
The call comes as the Church of England expands the number of digital and print resources to support people praying at home and growing in faith in new ways. Yesterday the Church published news that five million people saw or heard a special Mothering Sunday service from the Archbishop of Canterbury.
The Church of England will be offering a national weekly service which will be broadcast online each Sunday via social media. The Church’s “Time to Pray” app, which includes simple daytime and night prayer services, is now free to everyone. An accompanying daily audio offering on SoundCloud and iTunes was launched last week, with the Archbishop of Canterbury leading worship. This is in addition to the wide range of resources local churches are creating and sharing in both print and digital formats.