Last updated 11th June 2021
In response to the Coronavirus outbreak there are a number of prayer and liturgy resources available here on the national CofE website (follow the link). In addition, courtesy of St Laurence's Church in Chorley, we now have an Order of Service for prayer and worship at home. This Sunday's is here and there will be a new one available every week.
As we all have different ways of talking with our friends, families, neighbours and colleagues, so we also have different ways of talking to our Heavenly Father.
Wanting to pray is the beginning of a relationship with God that can grow and grow.
Praying can be woven into everyday life. Prayer is not just something done in church. It is about praying with others, praying alone, at any time and any place. It is living life in a relationship with God.
If prayer is new to you, or even if you have been a Christian for a while but praying doesn't come easy, this article written by our Diocesan Bishop, Bishop Julian, will outline for you why we pray and, importantly, how to pray.
Every month 'Blackburn Prayers' is circulated around the Diocese. Blackburn Prayers is used by many of our churches (including Blackburn Cathedral) as well as individuals as a daily prayer resource to support their intercessions. You can sign up to receive this daily email here, or check the Blackburn Prayers page for details of how to receive a monthly email or download the prayers for the month.
When we pray, there are millions of Christian people all around the world also praying; daily in churches, in their own homes, in their cars, at work. You might not hear them. You might feel very alone in your prayer; but you are not alone.
There is no such thing as private prayer because when we pray we are caught up in something much bigger than ourselves.
If you would like help in praying, why not look at the resources below. Different ways to pray suit some people better than others.
Some great websites, apps, and books to help us to pray.
Alternatively, a team from the Diocese created a series of leaflets in 2015 to help us explore a number of different spirituality approaches to Christian prayer ...
Benedictine written by Sue Williams
Carmelite written by Gillian Coxhead
Franciscan written by Graham Piper
Charismatic written by Patricia Impey
Celtic written by Gill Dyer
Ignatian written by Sue Williams