The 2007 Anglican Primates Prayer Campaign — Overview

January 24, 2007

Updated: WEDNESDAY Jan 24th, 17:40 EST / 22:40 GMT

What’s new in the past 24 hours:

**Please note this appeal for Burundi as they face flooding and famine, including contribution details **

1. NEW RESOURCE! Primates’ Picture Gallery (Part 1) and Picture Gallery Part 2
2. Links for the DOWNLOADABLE (Printable) Primates Prayer Gallery files. (Word & PDF versions)
3. Today’s Main Prayer Entry: Day 17 — Abp. Mtetemela of Tanzania in his own words
4. Yesterday’s Prayer entry: Day 16: Abp. Venables of the Southern Cone
5. Two prayers for the Primates Meeting — adapted from the Diocese of San Joaquin

Other posts of interest:
PRIMATES PRAYER BROCHURE AVAILABLE!! — download it and share it! (This our earlier brochure with the list of all the Primates and a compilation of various prayers, some written especially for the Tanzania Primates Meeting– There are no pictures in this one. See above for details about our Picture Gallery brochure.)

The list of all the Provinces and Primates with links to their biographies from the official Anglican Communion website. — Sign up in the comments to commit to daily prayer for one of the Primates!

Anglican Primate Prayer Profiles — Index

Pray Daily for an Anglican Primate: Jan 8 – Feb 19
SIGN UP HERE!

The Tanzania Primates Meeting is rapidly approaching. The dates are Feb 12-19. Read on to learn how you can get involved in praying for the Primates!

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Primates Pictorial Brochure — for downloading

January 24, 2007

Updated Wed. Jan 24, 11 a.m. EST / 16:00 GMT

For downloading, printing and sharing widely!

Here is Lent & Beyond’s newest Anglican Primates’ prayer resource — a photo gallery of the Primates with a compilation of Anglican collects to guide you in praying. There are two parts to this resource, each is 5 pages in length.

Part 1 of the Primates Picture Gallery Brochure (Word Doc, size = 1.1 MB)

Part 2 of the Primates Picture Gallery Brochure (Word Doc, size = 905KB)

Part 1 of the Primates Picture Gallery (Adobe PDF Format. size = 245 kb)

Part 2 of the Primates Picture Gallery (Adobe PDF Format. size = 225 kb)

Should you have problems with the download, or have any other need to contact us, please leave a comment or send an e-mail to AnglicanPrayer(at)gmail(dot)com


Primates Picture Gallery — Part 1 and Part 2 BOTH online

January 24, 2007

Updated Wednesday Jan 24, 14:00 EST / 19:00 GMT

Both halves of the Primates Picture Gallery are now complete and online:

For Online Viewing:
Part 1 is here
Part 2 is here

(note: the online files may not format very well — it all depends on your browser and display settings. If the pictures are all over the place, try changing the size of your browser window. Linking on the PDF files below will also gives you the option of viewing the files online without saving them to your computer, if you don’t want to download them.)

For Downloading and Printing and sharing by e-mail:
Part 1 (Word Format 1.1 Mb file)
Part 2 (Word Format, 905 kb)

Part 1 (Adobe PDF Format. 245 kb)
Part 2 (Adobe PDF Format. 225 kb)

Feel free to offer suggestions or comments if there’s any way these resources could be improved. Contact us at AnglicanPrayer(at)gmail(dot)com


Primates Prayer Day 17: Abp. Mtetemela in his own words

January 24, 2007

Abp. Mtetemela, TanzaniaToday, I’d like to request we focus our prayers on Abp. Donald Mtetemela, the Primate of Tanzania. You can read the prayer profile Jill posted in early January for Tanzania and ++Mtetemela here.

Rather than writing my own prayer for ++Mtetemela based on today’s lectionary readings, as I usually do when it’s my turn to write the daily Primates prayer entry, today I’d like to do something a bit different. I’m going to let Abp. Mtetemela guide our prayers in his own words.

Last week a number of African Primates attended the AMiA Winter Conference in Jacksonville, Florida. One of the Primates attending was ++Mtetemela, who will be hosting the Primates’ gathering. At one point he spoke very openly about the Primates’ meeting, how he expects to interact with US Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, and how he would like Anglicans around the world to be praying for the Primates and the meeting:

[In speaking about how the Global South Primates expect to interact with US PB Jefferts Schori] Archbishop Donald Mtetemela struck a pastoral chord, requesting prayers “from you all so that I may have the wisdom to bring God’s word to Katharine as I know it in my heart. I’ve never been able to speak face to face with [her]. I’ve read what she has said about Jesus Christ and about everything else. I have said…this is a good opportunity to bring what I believe about Jesus Christ, to bring it to Katharine; whether she’ll say yes or no I leave that to the Holy Spirit provided God gives me that opportunity. And of course I need the wisdom of the Holy Spirit…so that, as I bring the Word to her, it will be the Holy Spirit speaking to her using my simple words to her. He has to speak to her heart…that’s number one.”

He also urged prayers for the Primates as a whole as some of them have “holy anger” within them “because we have a zeal…and someone is distorting it.” Pray that “we don’t lose control so that we will be able to speak that truth which we know” and remain “mindful…of what the people left behind are expecting of us,” he said.

Noting the heavy focus on Mrs. Schori and the American Church going into the Primates’ Meeting, Mtetemela also requested that intercessors ask Jesus what it is that he wants the leaders to do generally at this time in the church, and to guide the prelates accordingly. “We can still address the issues of TEC, but the (real) issue…is how the devil is hurting the church and distorting the truth using the leaders of the church,” he asserted.

(all emphasis mine)

Source: VirtueOnline (but also verified with reports of two others who attended the conference)

What an amazingly detailed and clear exhortation to prayer! Later today I may still post some prayers based on today’s lectionary readings. But for this morning, please pray for Abp. Mtetemela and the Primates as the Tanzanian Archbishop has requested — and also, offer up thanksgiving for this kind of leadership and clarity. I certainly can offer a loud Amen to his words!

Note: David Virtue has also posted some of Fr. Dick Kim’s pictures of the Primates who attended the AMiA meetings.


A lovely Epiphany poem

January 24, 2007

Anglican priest and British blogger Maggi Dawn has a lovely Epiphany poem posted today

I found myself agreeing with her conclusion:

Darkness… there is something about the context of darkness. Only in darkness can you see the light for what it is.

Amen. May these dark and painful days in our Church cause us to fix our eyes on the Lord and His glory. May His Word be a light to our path and may we follow it.


Anglican Communion Primates: A Picture Gallery (part 2)

January 24, 2007

Part 1 of the Picture Gallery is here

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Anglican Communion Primates: A Picture Gallery (part 2)

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The Most Revd Samuel San Si Htay, Archbishop of Myanmar The Church of the Province of Myanmar (Burma)
The Most Revd Samuel San Si Htay
Photo Credit: Crosslinks (full-size image)

God, who taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant _______ by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort;
through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Peter Jasper Akinola, Nigeria The Church of Nigeria (Anglican Communion)
The Most Revd Peter Jasper Akinola DD
Photo Credit: Global South Anglican blog (full-size photo)

Risen, ascended Lord,
as we rejoice at your triumph,
fill _______ and the Primates
with power and compassion,
that all who are estranged by sin
may find forgiveness and know your peace,
to the glory of God the Father.

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The Most Revd Joel Vidyasagar Mal, North India The Church of North India (United)
The Most Revd Joel Vidyasagar Mal
Photo Credit: The Tribune (India) (full-size image)

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in _________ your holy fire;
strengthen ________ and the Primates with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Rt. Rev. Dr Alexander John Malik, Moderator of the Church of Pakistan The Church of Pakistan (United)
The Rt Revd Dr Alexander John Malik
Photo Credit: The Anglican Communion Website (full-size photo)

Holy God,
faithful and unchanging:
enlarge ________’s mind with the knowledge of your truth,
and draw him more deeply into the mystery of your love,
that he may truly worship you,
Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Rev. James Simon Ayong, Papua New Guinea The Anglican Church of Papua New Guinea
The Most Revd James Simon Ayong
Photo Credit: The Anglican Communion Website (full-sized photo)

Almighty and eternal God,
you have revealed yourself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit,
and live and reign in the perfect unity of love:
hold ___________ firm in this faith,
that he may know you in all your ways
and evermore rejoice in your eternal glory,
who are three Persons yet one God,
now and for ever.

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The Most Rev. Ignacio Capuyan Soliba, the Philippines The Episcopal Church in the Philippines
The Most Revd Ignacio Capuyan Soliba
Photo Credit: Anglican Communion Website (full-size photo)

O God, the strength of all those who put their trust in you,
mercifully accept our prayers and,
because through the weakness of our mortal nature
we can do no good thing without you,
grant ________ the help of your grace,
that in the keeping of your commandments
he may please you both in will and deed;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Emmanuel Musaba Kolini, Rwanda L’Eglise Episcopal au Rwanda
The Most Revd Emmanuel Musaba Kolini
Photo Credit: Global South Anglican blog (full-size photo)

God of truth,
help _________ to keep your law of love
and to walk in ways of wisdom,
that he may find true life
in Jesus Christ your Son.

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The Most Revd Idris Jones , Scotland The Scottish Episcopal Church
The Most Revd Idris Jones
Photo Credit: Church of Ireland Gazette (full size image) (alternate image, Wikipedia, by Stewart D. Macfarlane)

Lord, you have taught us
that all our doings without love are nothing worth:
send your Holy Spirit
and pour into _______ and the Primates’ hearts
that most excellent gift of love,
the true bond of peace and of all virtues,
without which whoever lives is counted dead before you.
Grant this for your only Son Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Dr John Chew, South East Asia Church of the Province of South East Asia
The Most Revd Dr John Chew
Photo Credit: Global South Anglican blog (full-size photo)

O God, the protector of all who trust in you,
without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy:
increase and multiply upon ____ and the Primates your mercy;
that with you as their ruler and guide they may so pass through things temporal
that they lose not their hold on things eternal;
grant this, heavenly Father, for our Lord Jesus Christ’s sake,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Badda Peter Sugandhar, Church of South India The Church of South India (United)
The Most Revd Badda Peter Sugandhar
Photo Credit: Global South Anglican blog (full-size photo)

Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for _______ and the Primates,
that in their vocation and ministry they may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Rev. Njongonkulu Winston Hugh Ndungane, Southern Africa The Church of the Province of Southern Africa
The Most Revd Njongonkulu Winston Hugh Ndungane
Photo Credit: Anglican Communion Website (full-size photo)

Lord of all power and might,
the author and giver of all good things:
graft in ______’s heart the love of your name,
increase in him true religion,
nourish him with all goodness,
and of your great mercy keep him in the same;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Gregory James Venables, Southern Cone Iglesia Anglicana del Cono Sur de America
The Most Revd Gregory James Venables
Photo Credit: St. James Oklahoma City (full-size photo)

Almighty Lord and everlasting God,
we beseech you to direct, sanctify and govern
_________ and the Primates’ hearts and bodies
in the ways of your laws and the works of your commandments;
that through your most mighty protection, both here and ever,
they may be preserved in body and soul;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Joseph Biringi Hassan Marona, Sudan The Episcopal Church of the Sudan
The Most Revd Joseph Biringi Hassan Marona
Photo Credit: Global South Anglican blog (full-size photo)

Almighty God, who sent your Holy Spirit
to be the life and light of your Church:
open _______’s heart to the riches of your grace,
that he may bring forth the fruit of the Spirit
in love and joy and peace; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Rev. Donald Leo Mtetemela, Archbishop of Tanzania The Anglican Church of Tanzania
The Most Revd Donald Leo Mtetemela
Photo Credit: Anglican Communion Website (full-size photo)

Let your merciful ears, O Lord,
be open to the prayers of ______ and the Primates;
and that they may obtain their petitions
make them to ask such things as shall please you;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Rev. Henry Luke Orombi, Archbishop of Uganda The Church of the Province of Uganda
The Most Revd Henry Luke Orombi
Photo Credit: Anglican Communion Website (full-size photo)

Lord of heaven and earth,
as Jesus taught his disciples to be persistent in prayer,
give _________ patience and courage never to lose hope,
but always to bring his prayers before you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Presiding Bishop Katharine Jefferts Schori, USA The Episcopal Church in the USA
The Most Revd Katharine Jefferts Schori
Photo Credit: Episcopal News Service (full-size photo)

O God, you declare your almighty power
most chiefly in showing mercy and pity:
mercifully grant to ________ such a measure of your grace,
that she, running the way of your commandments,
may receive your gracious promises,
and be made a partaker of your heavenly treasure;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Rev. Dr. Barry Cennydd Morgan, Archbishop of Wales The Church in Wales
The Most Revd Dr. Barry Cennydd Morgan
Photo credit: The Anglican Communion website (full-size photo)

God of constant mercy,
who sent your Son to save us:
remind _______ of your goodness,
increase your grace within him,
that his thankfulness may grow,
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Most Rev. Justice Ofei Akrofi, West Africa The Church of the Province of West Africa
The Most Revd Justice Ofei Akrofi
Photo Credit: Anglican Communion Website (full-size picture here)

Almighty God,
who called your Church to bear witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help _________ to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Drexel Wellington Gomez, West Indies The Church in the Province of the West Indies
The Most Revd Drexel Wellington Gomez
Photo Credit: Global South Anglican blog (full-size photo)

Almighty God,
you search us and know us:
may ________ rely on you in strength
and rest on you in weakness,
now and in all his days;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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Acknowledgements and Notes:

Acknowledgements and Notes:

A Note on the Blog Formatting and Possible Display Problems:
Note: we designed this post on the assumption that most blog readers would not display the text full screen, but have a left-hand favorites or bookmarks window open. If the formatting is difficult to read (i.e. the pictures crowd on top of one another or cascade in diagonal format across the page), try changing the width of your display page (making it narrower). We will have a better-formatted PRINTABLE version of this online tomorrow.

Photo Credits:
We would like to express our thanks to ENS, ACNS, and Global South Anglican blog for permission to use photos from their websites. We have attempted to provide detailed photo credits for all pictures, with links to their original context.

A note on the prayers:
All the prayers here are from the Church of England Common Worship website, from the page of Collects and Post-Communion prayers. Prayers have been usually been very slightly adapted to make them appropriate to use as intercessions for others. There was no attempt to pick a prayer for a specific primate, so nothing should be inferred from what prayer is listed for a particular bishop. Instead, prayers were chosen that focused on themes of guidance, mission and evangelism, the empowering of the Holy Spirit, leadership, servanthood, faithfulness to Christ — which we considered important themes and prayer needs for all the Primates, thus we intended the prayers to be interchangeable for any Primate.

Attribution and Contact info:
This compilation of photos and prayers was prepared in January 2007 by the Lent & Beyond blog team (http://lent.classicalanglican.net) to faciliate intercession for the Anglican Primates in the lead up to the February 2007 Primates meeting in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. Please feel free to distribute it widely as long as proper attribution is given. For more information, contact us at: AnglicanPrayer@gmail.com


Pictorial Brochure — Part 1 (online version) is posted

January 23, 2007

Updated Tuesday Jan 23, 14:45 EST / 19:45 GMT

As we announced last night, we managed to find pictures for all 38 Anglican Primates. We’ve not got Part 1 of our Primates Picture Gallery posted below. Look for Part 2 sometime tonight. Tomorrow we expect to have these available in Word and PDF format for download, printing and distribution.

Feel free to offer suggestions or comments if there’s any way these resources could be improved.

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Woohoo!! We’ve done it! We’ve got pictures of all 38 Primates! Korea and North India were the hardest to find, but we Google warriors persevered. Fr. Binks kept nagging oops, ENCOURAGING us to continue searching for ++N. India’s picture long after common sense dictated giving up! Hat tip to our favorite Elf Lord for reminding us to never say never. Binks’ motto must be everything is online somewhere if you look hard enough! ;-)

So, this means we can finish up the Pictorial Brochure of all the Primates. WATCH THIS SPACE! We hope to have it online sometime tomorrow (Tuesday).


Anglican Communion Primates: A Picture Gallery (part 1)

January 23, 2007

Note: we designed this post on the assumption that most blog readers would not display the text full screen, but have a left-hand favorites or bookmarks window open. If the formatting is difficult to read (i.e. the pictures crowd on top of one another or cascade in diagonal format across the page), try changing the width of your display page (making it narrower). We will have a better-formatted PRINTABLE version of this online tomorrow.

Part 2 will be posted sometime tonight.

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Anglican Communion Primates: A Picture Gallery (part 1)

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The Most Revd William Brown Turei The Anglican Church in Aotearoa, New Zealand & Polynesia
The Most Revd William Brown Turei
photo credit: Anglican Church of Aotearoa, New Zealand and Polynesia

God, who from of old taught the hearts of your faithful people
by sending to them the light of your Holy Spirit:
grant ______ by the same Spirit to have a right judgement in all things
and evermore to rejoice in his holy comfort; through the merits of Christ Jesus our Saviour,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Phillip Aspinall, AustraliaThe Anglican Church of Australia

The Most Revd Phillip John Aspinall
Photo Credit: Anglican Communion website

Almighty God, you have given your Holy Spirit to the Church to lead us into all truth:
bless ___________ with the Spirit’s grace and presence.
Keep him and the Primates steadfast in faith and united in love,
that they may manifest your glory and prepare the way of your kingdom;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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The Rt Revd Michael S Baroi, BangladeshThe Church of Bangladesh
The Rt Revd Michael S Baroi
Photo Credit: The Episcopal Church/ACNS

God of power, whose Holy Spirit renews your people.
May the boldness of the Spirit transform ______,
the gentleness of the Spirit lead ___________,
and the gifts of the Spirit equip _______ to serve and worship you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Most Revd Maur�cio José Araújo de Andrade, Brazil Igreja Episcopal Anglicana do Brasil
The Most Revd Maurício José Araújo de Andrade
Photo Credit: Diocese Anglicana de Brasília

Eternal God, giver of love and power,
your Son Jesus Christ has sent us into all the world
to preach the gospel of his kingdom:
confirm __________ in this mission,
and help him to live the good news we proclaim;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Most Revd Bernard Ntahoturi, Burundi The Episcopal Church of Burundi
The Most Revd Bernard Ntahoturi
Photo Credit: Global South Anglican blog

Almighty God, who called your Church to witness
that you were in Christ reconciling the world to yourself:
help ________ to proclaim the good news of your love,
that all who hear it may be drawn to you;
through him who was lifted up on the cross,
and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Andrew Hutchinson, CanadaThe Anglican Church of Canada
The Most Revd Andrew Sandford Hutchison
Photo Credit: The Anglican Communion website

Almighty and everlasting God, by whose Spirit the whole body of the Church is governed and sanctified:
hear our prayer which we offer for _________,
that in his vocation and ministry he may serve you in holiness and truth
to the glory of your name; through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Bernard Malango, Central AfricaThe Church of the Province of Central Africa
The Most Revd Bernard Amos Malango
Photo Credit: Global South Anglican blog

Almighty God, the giver of all good gifts, look with mercy on your servant ______,
maintain him in truth and renew him in holiness,
that by word and good example he may faithfully serve you
to the glory of your name and the benefit of your Church;
through the merits of our Saviour Jesus Christ,
who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Martin de Jesus Barahona Iglesia Anglicana de la Region Central de America
The Most Revd Martin de Jesus Barahona
photo credit: Anglican Communion website

Almighty God, you have entrusted to your Church
a share in the ministry of your Son our great high priest:
inspire _________ by your Holy Spirit to offer himself to you,
that strengthened by your power, he may work for the increase of your kingdom
and set forward the eternal praise of your name;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Dr. Fidèle Dirokpa, CongoProvince de L’Eglise Anglicane Du Congo
The Most Revd Dr. Fidèle Dirokpa
Photo Credit: Global South Anglican blog

God our Father, Lord of all the world, through your Son
you have called us into the fellowship of your universal Church:
hear our prayer for ____________
that in his vocation and ministry he may be an instrument of your love,
and give to your servant ________ the needful gifts of grace;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Rowan Douglas Williams, Archbishop of Canterbury The Church of England, Archbishop of Canterbury
The Most Revd Rowan Douglas Williams
photo credit: Archbishop of Canterbury website (Lambeth Palace)

Heavenly Father, whose ascended Son
gave gifts of leadership and service to the Church:
strengthen ____________ and the Primates
to be good stewards of your manifold grace;
through him who came not to be served but to serve,
and give his life as a ransom for many,
Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Most Revd Peter Kwong, Hong KongHong Kong Sheng Kung Hui
The Most Revd Peter Kwong
Photo Credit: Anglican Communion website

Almighty God, whose Son revealed in signs and miracles the wonder of your saving presence:
renew ________ with your heavenly grace,
and in all his weakness sustain him by your mighty power;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Gerald James (Ian) Ernest , Indian Ocean The Church of the Province of the Indian Ocean
The Most Revd Gerald James (Ian) Ernest
PhotoCredit: Anglican Communion Website

Go before ______ Lord, in all he does with your most gracious favour,
and guide him with your continual help,
that in all his works begun, continued and ended in you,
he may glorify your holy name,
and finally by your mercy receive everlasting life;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Right Reverend Alan Edwin Thomas Harper, Primate of All Ireland The Church of Ireland
The Most Revd Alan Edwin Thomas Harper (elected Jan 10, 2007)
Photo Credit: Church of Ireland website

Holy God,
we see your glory in the face of Jesus Christ:
may __________ reflect his life in word and deed,
that all the world may know his power to change and save.
This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu, JapanThe Nippon Sei Ko Kai (The Anglican Communion in Japan)
The Most Revd Nathaniel Makoto Uematsu
Photo Credit: Lent & Beyond / Celinda Scott, Anglican Fellowship of Prayer

Lord Jesus Christ, you have taught us
that what we do for the least of our brothers and sisters
we do also for you:
give ________ the will to be the servant of others
as you were the servant of all, and gave up your life and died for us,
but are alive and reign, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd George Clive Handford, Primate Jerusalem & the Middle EastThe Episcopal Church in Jerusalem & The Middle East
The Most Revd George Clive Handford
Photo Credit: The Anglican Communion website

Almighty Father, who in your great mercy gladdened the disciples
with the sight of the risen Lord:
give ________ such knowledge of Christ’s presence,
that he may be strengthened and sustained by his risen life
and serve you continually in righteousness and truth;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Benjamin Nzimbi, Kenya The Anglican Church of Kenya
The Most Revd Benjamin M P Nzimbi
Photo Credit: Anglican Church of Kenya

O Lord, from whom all good things come:
grant to ___________ your humble servant,
that by your holy inspiration he may think those things that are good,
and by your merciful guiding may perform the same;
through our Lord Jesus Christ, who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.

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The Most Revd Francis Kyung Jo Park, Korea The Anglican Church of Korea
The Most Revd Francis Kyung Jo Park
Photo credit: The Korea Times

Risen Christ, you filled your disciples with boldness and fresh hope:
strengthen _______ to proclaim your risen life
and fill him with your peace, to the glory of God the Father.

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The Most Revd Sir Ellison Leslie Pogo KBE, Province of MelanesiaThe Church of the Province of Melanesia
The Most Revd Sir Ellison Leslie Pogo KBE
Photo Credit: Anglican Communion website

Risen Christ, faithful shepherd of your Father’s sheep:
teach _________ to hear your voice
and to follow your command,
that all your people may be gathered into one flock,
to the glory of God the Father.

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The Most Revd Carlos Touche-Porter, Mexico La Iglesia Anglicana de Mexico
The Most Revd Carlos Touche-Porter
Photo Credit: Iglesia Anglicana de México

Eternal God, whose Son Jesus Christ is the way, the truth, and the life:
grant _______ to walk in his way,
to rejoice in his truth, and to share his risen life;
who is alive and reigns, now and for ever.

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Acknowledgements and Note:

Thanks to ENS, ACNS, and Global South Anglican blog for permission to use photos from their websites. We have attempted to provide detailed photo credits for all pictures, with links to their original context.

A note on the prayers.
All the prayers here are from the Church of England Common Worship website, from the page of Collects and Post-Communion prayers. Prayers have been usually been very slightly adapted to make them appropriate to use as intercessions for others. There was no attempt to pick a prayer for a specific primate, so nothing should be inferred from what prayer is listed for a particular bishop. Instead, prayers were chosen that focused on themes of guidance, mission and evangelism, the empowering of the Holy Spirit, leadership, servanthood, faithfulness to Christ — which we considered important themes and prayer needs for all the Primates, thus we assume the prayers are interchangeable for any Primate.

This compilation of photos and prayers was prepared in January 2007 by the Lent & Beyond blog team (http://lent.classicalanglican.net) to faciliate intercession for the Anglican Primates. Please feel free to distribute it widely as long as proper attribution is given. For more information, contact us at: AnglicanPrayer@gmail.com


Galatians and Isaiah

January 23, 2007

And I was unknown by face to the churches of Judea which were in Christ. (Galatians 1:22)

Jesus, I pray that all your church will come to know your ministry and teaching through Paul.

But they were hearing only, “He who formerly persecuted us now preaches the faith which he once tried to destroy.” (Galatians 1:23)

Holy Spirit, we too long to hear that those who presently persecute your church and people will be preaching the faith which they once tried to destroy. Please work in their hearts and bring them to new life in Jesus.

Jesus, please set those congregations which are being persecuted free to follow you.

And they glorified God in me. (Galatians 1:24)

Father, let the conversion of our persecutors bring you glory.

“Come near to me, hear this: I have not spoken in secret from the beginning; from the time that it was, I was there. And now the Lord GOD and his Spirit have sent me.” (Isaiah 48:16)

Lord GOD, help us listen to your servants that you send us.

Thus says the LORD, your Redeemer, The Holy One of Israel: “I am the LORD your God, who teaches you to profit, who leads you by the way you should go.” (Isaiah 48:17)

Jesus, you are our redeemer — there is no other — help us receive your teaching so that we may profit by it and lead us in the way we should go.

“Oh, that you had heeded my commandments! Then your peace would have been like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.” (Isaiah 48:18)

Father, help us heed your commandments so that we may have your peace. Help your people hearken to what you have said and are saying through your living words.

“Your descendants also would have been like the sand, and the offspring of your body like the grains of sand; his name would not have been cut off nor destroyed from before me.” (Isaiah 48:19)

Jesus, the Episcopal Church is shrinking — there are few children coming to faith in you. Your church has been unfruitful and our name is being cut off. Have mercy on us and bring us back to you.

***** A response from Bp. Bill [see below]:
Researching the Primates is a wonderful idea. It is much easier to pray for someone you know something about. Thank you Marjorie. I would encourage the other members of the prayer team to do the same if you are able. Thank you all so much for your willingness to take part in this vitally important ministry of prayer. May our Lord Jesus Christ, bless each of you richly, as you hold the Primates and the Church up in prayer. Come Holy Spirit and be with us now, inspire our thoughts and prayers, and use us mightily in Your service.
Yours in Christ,
+Bill

***** Date: Fri, 19 Jan 2007 13:52:31 -0500
From: “Marjorie Butterworth”
Subject: Anglican communion
Dear Torre and Jean,
I have just “Googled” the Primate for whom I will be praying and realized what a great opportunity to learn of a part of the communion about which I know very little. The opportunity to acquaint ourselves (and expand our horizons) with the larger Anglican family is an unexpected blessing to this time of prayer. Will also submit a short write-up to share in the February church newsletter.
God bless.
Marj Butterworth

[Note from Torre: There are a wealth of resources about the Primates and suggested prayers on Lent & Beyond.]

Albany Intercessor


Two prayers for the Primates Meeting — adapted from the Diocese of San Joaquin

January 23, 2007

The Diocese of San Joaquin is one of several dioceses who have linked to the Lent & Beyond Primates Prayer campaign resources. In following the L&B site meter back to the Diocese of San Joaquin prayer page, I came across these two great prayers originally posted for the Diocese of San Joaquin diocesan convention in December. I’ve modified them for the Primates meeting:

“Almighty and everlasting Father, you have given the Holy Spirit to abide with us for ever: Bless, we pray, with his grace and presence the Primates and other leaders about to be assembled in your Name, that your Church, being preserved in true faith and godly discipline, may fulfill all the mind of him who loved it and gave himself for it, your Son Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever.” Amen

Eternal Lord God, who by the Holy Spirit presided at the council of the Apostles to guide them in all knowledge and truth: Be present with the Primates of the Anglican Communion soon to be assembled in Dar es Salaam Tanzania. In the passions of debate give them a quiet spirit, in the complexities of the issues give them clear minds, and in the moments of decision give them courageous hearts. Guide them in all things to seek only your glory and the good of your Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Amen

And all God’s people said: AMEN!


Primates prayer day 16 –Abp. Venables of the Southern Cone

January 23, 2007

Philippians 2:12-18, Morning Prayer, 1928 BCP

2:14 Do all things without complaining or disputing, 15 that you may become blameless and harmless, children of God without fault in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you shine like lights in the world, 16 holding fast the word of life, so that I may rejoice in the day of Christ that I have not run in vain or labored in vain.

Lord Jesus, Head of the Church, we give thanks for Gregory and ask your blessing on his ministry to the Southern Cone of the Americas, and to the Anglican Communion.

Lord, in these “crooked and perverse” times, Gregory has taken controversial actions to defend your word of life. Now, we beseech you to help him in the hard work ahead, as he and the other Primates seek to honor the church-building labors of Paul and the first Apostles. Even in the storm of complaining and disputing, Lord, let Gregory bring forth good and gentle fruit of the Spirit. Let him “hold fast the word” and bring together apostolic witness, to your glory and the blessing of all your people. We pray this in your Holy Name. Amen.

(On a personal note, I give thanks on this 19th anniversary of my priesting, the commemoration of Phillips Brooks: “No ear may hear His coming, but in this world of sin, Where meek souls will receive Him still, the dear Christ enters in.” http://www.cyberhymnal.org/bio/b/r/o/brooks_p.htm
Tim F.)


A suggested Lent Reading List from Churchyear.net

January 23, 2007

Regular readers will know that I have become a big fan of ChurchYear.Net It is a must bookmark site for any liturgical Christian. I don’t recall seeing this Lenten Reading List on their site previously. In any case, some very interesting ideas for Lenten devotional reading.

Check it Out.


Archbishop Hutchison of Canada on the Upcoming Primates Meeting

January 23, 2007

Last week the Anglican Journal of Canada published a fairly lengthy story on the lead up to what could be a “difficult” Primates Meeting in Tanzania. They included some comments by Abp. Hutchison, the Primate of Canada:

Archbishop Andrew Hutchison, primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, has acknowledged that primates are approaching their coming meeting with trepidation.

“I think everybody is a little nervous about just what the outcome of that meeting might be,” he said in an interview. “There is a drift … away from the centre, (by) certain provinces within the Communion and they seem to be very well-organized and I wonder what that’s all about and what impact that might have on the primates’ meeting.”

At the same time, however, said Archbishop Hutchison, “I know there have been some real efforts toward helping people listen to each other and speak to each other civilly and reasonably over differences, and some of those have been more successful than others. I don’t know that any of that has closed the gap in terms of positions. But it certainly has been a great improvement in terms of the tone of the dialogue.”
Archbishop Hutchison said the Canadian church was less likely at this meeting to be in “the hot seat” like it was in Dromantine, since it has yet to officially respond to the recommendations of the Windsor Report. The church’s governing body, General Synod, is expected to state its official position during a meeting this June in Winnipeg.

Archbishop Hutchison expressed the hope that the coming meeting “will achieve some clarity on the way forward for the communion.” He added: “We have a significant issue before us – Archbishop Williams’ proposal that there be a covenant of some kind developed, and it will be interesting to hear the responses to that around the table. I hope that we will see that as a way forward so that we can still remain a part of a family even though there are some serious disagreements among us.”

The full article is here


A photo of Abp. Ian Ernest, Primate of Indian Ocean

January 23, 2007


The original is here.
I saved it and cropped it so it would better fit the format of our Pictoral Primates Brochure. The new brochure will be online later today. Stay tuned.


Anglican Primate Prayer Profiles — Index

January 22, 2007

Updated: Jan 22, 2007. 17:00 Eastern / 22:00 GMT

All 39 Profiles (38 Primates & Abp. of York) are now posted! Note, we’re starting to add pictures and additional background links to some of the profiles too. Posts we’ve updated are clearly marked. Primates who have been covered by one of the daily prayer entries (usually separate from the individual profile) have a date listing next to their name. We hope this post will become a useful index of all material that is posted for a given Primate/Province during this prayer campaign.

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Aotearoa, New Zealand, and Polynesia – updated with picture and links
Australia – updated with picture and links
Bangladesh – updated with picture and links
Brazil – updated with picture and links (see also: Jan 16)
Burundi – updated with picture and links ( See also: Jan 10, this appeal for prayer) and BURUNDI FINANCIAL APPEAL
Canada – updated with picture
Central Africa – updated ( See also Jan 17)
Central America – updated with picture
Congo – updated with picture (See also Jan 19)
England & Anglican Communion — Abp. of Canterbury Rowan Williams (see also Jan 8, and this bidding prayer)
England — Abp. of York, John Sentamu (see also Jan 20)
Hong Kong
Indian Ocean
Ireland (was written for +Eames) Here is a profile of new Primate Alan Harper (See also: Jan 22)
Japan (see photo here)
Jerusalem and the Middle East (See also: Jan 14)
Kenya
Korea
Melanesia
Mexico
Myanmar (Burma) (See also: Jan 13, and this post)
Nigeria photo added (See also Jan 18)
North India
Pakistan
Papua New Guinea
Philippines (See also: Jan 12)
Rwanda
Scotland
SouthEast Asia
Southern Africa (See also: Jan 11 part 1 part 2)
Southern Cone
South India
Sudan
Tanzania
Uganda (See also: Jan 21)
United States of America (see also Jan 15, and this prayer litany)
Wales
West Africa
West Indies (See also: Jan 9)


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