Prayer for Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby’s healing

December 26, 2014

Just noticed on the BBC news page that Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has pneumonia.

Please pray for him and his family today:

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and relieve Archbishop Justin, and give your power of healing to those who minister to his needs, that Justin may bestrengthened in his weakness and have confidencein your loving care; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and forever.


October 30, 2013

May God have mercy on Justin Welby. May God’s Holy Spirit infill Justin, body, soul, and spirit, and bless Justin at every point of need. May God dwell with Justin and make His face to shine upon him. May He open Justin’s eyes, ears, and heart to all that God has prepared for him. May God bless Justin with supernatural discernment, wisdom, and courage. May God’s holy angels encamp around Justin. Amen.

Previous prayers here, here, here, here, here, and here.

Justin Welby

February 25, 2013

O God,
As Justin, Your priest and Archbishop of Canterbury, steps into the unknown in faith, may our Resurrected Lord and a host of angels make way for him to stand firm and lead the Anglican Communion forward. Amen.
Joshua 3:17


January 31, 2013

Baphomet is a name of unestablished origin. It first appeared in trial transcripts during the Inquisition of the Knights Templar in the early 1300s. (Interestingly, he is horned, as is Cernunnos, the Celtic deity.)
I, quite frankly, don’t know what the secret oaths of the Knights Templar and Freemasonry entail. In my research on Canterbury Cathedral, I found a Freemason newsletter which pointed to the building of Canterbury Cathedral as part of their historical heritage. So . . . JW

Dear Heavenly Father,
We see through a glass darkly. If any portion of Canterbury Cathedral and the town of Canterbury was dedicated to an idol, particularly Baphomet and idols of Freemasonry or Cernunnos and Celtic idols, we sever that spiritual connection with the sword of the Spirit. At the name of Jesus, every knee shall bow in heaven and on earth and under the earth. We bind these spirits up in the name of Jesus, and we bind up any interaction, interplay, or communication with other demonic forces. We send them to the feet of Jesus. Should Baphomet, or any other idol of Freemasonry or Celtic religion, have a legal claim to Canterbury Cathedral and the town of Canterbury, it is now rendered null and void.
Jesus is holy. Jesus is true. He has the key of David. What he opens, no man can shut. What he shuts, no man can open. Jesus, we cry out for Your people in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Bar the access of these unseen forces to Bishop Welby’s enthronement and the exercise of his office in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. Lock the door, we pray. Amen

Preparation for the enthronement

January 30, 2013

Pour down upon the Church of England, O God, the gifts of your Holy Spirit, that those who prepare for the enthronement of the next Archbishop of Canterbury will lay that costly cornerstone, tested and firmly placed, the chief cornerstone, Christ Jesus, across every dimension of this event. Amen.

Stable gate at Canterbury

January 20, 2013

The building set apart for the missionaries stood in the Stable Gate, not far from the ruins of an old heathen temple. Here Augustine and his companions seemed to have established the ordinary routine of the Benedictine rule and the apostolic ministry of preaching. The church dedicated to St. Martin in the eastern part of the city which had been set apart for Queen Bertha’s followers many years before was also thrown open to them.
Augustine’s original building lies beneath the floor of the nave of Canterbury Cathedral.

Dear Heavenly Father,
Your Son Jesus Christ is our salvation, which You have prepared in the presence of all people. Jesus is a light to the Anglican Communion and the glory of Your people Israel. He took upon himself the form of a servant and became obedient, even unto death.
We thank You for the birth of Jesus in a stable. We thank You for the birth of the Benedictine mission to Canterbury at Stable Gate.
We thank You for Jesus’s exaltation. We thank You that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth. We thank You that at the name of Jesus, all the pagan deities previously worshipped at the the heathen temple near Stable Gate shall bow. We claim Canterbury Cathedral for the exaltation of Christ Jesus.
Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord! Jesus is Lord of the Church of England. Amen.
Luke 2:30-32, Philippians 2:5-11

From Bertha to Caroline

January 20, 2013

Bertha, Queen of Kent, was the daughter of the King of Paris. When she married the pagan King Æthelberht of Kent, she brought her chaplain with her to England. She restored a Christian church in Canterbury, which dated from Roman times, dedicating it to Saint Martin of Tours. The present St Martin’s at Canterbury occupies the same site. Augustine of Canterbury, who was sent by Pope Gregory I to preach the Gospel in England in 596, owed much of his favorable reception there to the influence of Bertha. King Æthelberht subsequently converted to Christianity.

Lord God,
We thank You for the life and ministry of Bertha, Queen of Kent. We ask You to bless Caroline Welby with a steadfast fidelity and quiet piety. May she be a source of godly wisdom, courage, and comfort for Justin. Anoint her with Your Holy Spirit and surround her with Your holy angels. We pray in the name of Your Son, whose cross St. Augustine carried to Canterbury. Amen.

St. David, Bishop of Menevia, Wales

January 19, 2013

David (c. 544) was born to a noble family in Menevia, Wales. While fairly young, he founded a monastery and became its abbot. His natural inclination was to study and meditate in the quiet of his monastery, but he was virtually dragged to an assembly of bishops called to combat the heresy of Pelagianism. Legend has it that he was so eloquent and learned in this synod that he was chosen to be the successor to the primate of Wales.

In time, he founded eleven other monasteries in Wales. The monasteries were known for their asceticism, but David was loving in his treatment and correction of wrongdoers. One of David’s nicknames, “the Waterman,” may indicate that he allowed the monks in his care to drink only water at meals instead of wine or mead.

He remains the patron saint of Wales to this day. His dying words were, “Be joyful, brothers and sisters. Keep your faith, and do the little things that you have seen and heard with me.”

Our Father in Heaven,
We thank You for the life and ministry of David. We, too, must combat the heresy of Pelagianism. We humbly ask for eloquent and learned persons to be effective advocates against the many heresies that besiege us in the Church of England and the Anglican Communion. In particular, we ask that Bishop Justin Williams will be such a faithful and wise steward of Your mysteries. Amen.

The Church of England–from the past to the future

January 6, 2013

Canterbury Cathedral

This post will remain at the top of the blog until March 21.  Look below for new entries.

In preparation for Bishop Justin Welby’s enthronement on March 21–

For Bishop Welby and his enthronement
Participants and visitors at the enthronement
Into the unknown

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A bidding prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect

January 6, 2013

Originally written by the Rev’d Dr. Peter Toon for Abp. of Canterbury Rowan Williams.

Petition and Intercession for the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect, Justin Welby, on his birthday

Let us in all sincerity of spirit fervently pray for the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, the Body of Christ, dispersed throughout the world, that it may please God to confirm and strengthen it in pure faith, holy life and perfect love and to restore to it visible unity at the local and international level.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us also in sincerity of spirit and fervently pray this day for the Anglican Communion of Churches, together with other Anglicans bodies joined in fellowship and service, that all may be true to their calling and seek to know and do God.s will, and to serve and worship him acceptably.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us especially pray for Justin Welby, the Archbishop of Canterbury-elect, in his vocation as .first among equals. amongst the bishops of the Anglican family, and in his work as the Primate of all England and bishop of the diocese of Canterbury, that he may be given all the necessary virtues and gifts of the Holy Spirit to perform and fulfill his tasks.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin in his relation to the Queen and the British Government and for his own position and work in the House of Lords, that God will give him the wisdom and discernment to speak and act as a Christian statesman.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin in his relation to the General Synod and House of Bishops of the Church of England, that he may provide godly, learned and appropriate guidance and leadership in the many issues and problems faced by the National Church of England today.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin in his work as a Christian apologist via the media and as a theologian in church and academia, that he may be faithful to the faith once delivered to the saints and make this faith meaningful and attractive to people today.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as he acts as the .primary instrument of unity. in the Anglican Communion, that he may receive wise counsel and godly help as he seeks to relate to, and serve with, all the Primates and leaders, and as he attempts to bring all the Provinces into faithful commitment to biblical Faith and Morality and to Anglican witness as Reformed Catholics.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as he seeks to understand and provide guidance and help to the Provinces of Canada and the U.S.A. in this period of crisis and controversy, that he will truly represent the mind of Christ Jesus, the Head of the Church, and the heart of love of the same Lord Jesus in his ministry to them.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as he represents the Anglican Churches in relations to other Churches . e.g., Catholic, Orthodox, Lutheran, Methodist, & Presbyterian . and to other religions — Judaism and Islam — that he will speak and act with wisdom, grace and courage.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as a family man that he may make and find the time to spend quality time with his wife and children, and that his family will grow in grace and knowledge of the Lord.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin as the individual Christian believer before God the Father, that he may be sustained in union with Jesus Christ by the Holy Spirit, through meditation on sacred Scripture, and the use of the daily offices, the holy Sacrament and other means of grace.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for Justin that he may be given sound physical, mental and social health so as to have the energy to fulfill his many roles and tasks.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Let us pray for all who work closely with Justin at Lambeth Palace and other places, that they may provide for him excellent service, guidance and assistance, that he may be enabled the more fruitfully to serve the Lord of the Church.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

Finally, let us praise God the Holy Trinity for his creation, salvation and redemption of the world, and let us give thanks for the long and sustained witness of the See of Canterbury to the Faith, Worship and Order of the holy Catholic Church over many centuries.

Lord in thy/your mercy…hear our prayer

These prayers and praises let us humbly offer up to the throne of heaven as we pray:

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 them that 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. Amen.

Justin Welby

November 28, 2012

Luke 18:31-43 NRSV

Then he took the twelve aside and said to them, “See, we are going up to Jerusalem, and everything that is written about the Son of Man by the prophets will be accomplished. For he will be handed over to the Gentiles; and he will be mocked and insulted and spat upon. After they have flogged him, they will kill him, and on the third day he will rise again.” But they understood nothing about all these things; in fact, what he said was hidden from them, and they did not grasp what was said.

Lord, we shout out to you as members of the apostolic church. Those in apostolic office don’t seem to understand you. Your death and resurrection are not grasped by the stewards of faith – in fact your saving work for us is flung aside by some.

As he approached Jericho, a blind man was sitting by the roadside begging. When he heard a crowd going by, he asked what was happening. They told him, “Jesus of Nazareth is passing by.” Then he shouted, “Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!” Those who were in front sternly ordered him to be quiet; but he shouted even more loudly, “Son of David, have mercy on me!” Jesus stood still and ordered the man to be brought to him; and when he came near, he asked him, “What do you want me to do for you?” He said, “Lord, let me see again.” Jesus said to him, “Receive your sight; your faith has saved you.” Immediately he regained his sight and followed him, glorifying God; and all the people, when they saw it, praised God.

Jesus, please don’t pass us by. Hear us begging for your healing word to the Anglican Communion.

Open Justin’s understanding as he is called to serve as the Archbishop of Canterbury. By the power of the Holy Spirit, let him do what you did,

+ hearing the voice of the faithful over harsh voices that would silence it

+ calling to your service those who will follow you faithfully

+ healing our spiritual blindness by your word

+ doing works that bring many to glorify and praise God.

We beg this mercy in your name, Jesus, Son of David. Amen.

Justin Welby

November 28, 2012

Zechariah 10:1a (NIV)
Ask the Lord for rain in the springtime . . .

Dear Heavenly Father,
We know that Bishop Welby has not yet been consecrated, but there is already so much work for him to attend to. As he prepares for his new role, we pray that he will pay attention to Your commandments and carefully follow them so that he may be the head, and not the tail. Open the heavens, Lord, the storehouse of Your bounty, over Justin and bless all the work of his hands. Amen.
Deuteronomy 28:12-13

Justin Welby

November 13, 2012

Psalm 111:2 (ESV)
Great are the works of the Lord,
studied by all who delight in them.

Grant to Your servant Justin, dear Lord, a delight in Your works. Amen.

Justin Welby

November 12, 2012

Hebrews 11:8-10 (NKJV)
By faith Abraham obeyed when he was called to go out to the place which he would receive as an inheritance. And he went out, not knowing where he was going. By faith he dwelt in the land of promise as in a foreign country, dwelling in tents with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise; for he waited for the city which has foundations, whose builder and maker is God

Our Father in heaven,

Your servant Justin has not been called to live in a foreign land, but as a Christian in a secular society, he is an alien in his native land. Yet he is a fellow citizen with the saints and members of the household of God. As he travels through England, may he recognize that buildings of stone are mere tents. Embolden him to build altars of worship, as the patriarchs of old.

Father, You are enthroned upon the praises of Your people. Anoint him with praise.

Jesus Christ is the chief cornerstone, in every dimension and every realm. Christ ever with Justin, Christ before him, Christ behind him, Christ within him, Christ beneath him, Christ above him, Christ to his right side, Christ to his left side. Christ in his breadth, his length, and his depth.

The Holy Spirit has spoken through the apostles and prophets and continues to speak through His servants. We claim the words of the Spirit through scripture and hymns, prayer and healing, teaching and exhortations, as the foundation stones of the altars of Justin’s worship. We beg You to guard Justin from blaspheming the Holy Spirit, for claiming those things of the Spirit which are not and denying those things of the Spirit which are. Even if it involves direct supernatural interventions, Lord, please guard him.

Father, Your Son Jesus said, I am the door. Oh, that He, the carpenter of Nazareth, would build a portal into heaven over every altar of Justin’s worship–Your kingdom come, Your will be done.

Unless the Lord builds the house, their labor is in vain who build it. Grant Justin eyes of understanding to build the house that You want, Lord–a supernatural dwelling place of God in the Spirit.

Psalm 22:3, 127:1, Ephesians 2:19-22, Mark 3:28-29, John 10:7

Previous post on cornerstone scriptures.

On the announcement of the next Archbishop of Canterbury

November 11, 2012

Sadly, I have, for the time being, deleted this post. This poem is being submitted for consideration of publication in a print periodical and therefore cannot otherwise be available for perusal.–Jill Woodliff

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