#PrayerForTheNation - As the Nation goes back into lockdown, Hymns will ring out from Gloucester Cathedral’s bells.

Cathedrals will be leading prayers every evening and ringing their bells where they can do so safely, as they join in the call by the Archbishops of Canterbury and York and senior church leaders for a month of prayer for the nation during this second lockdown.

Gloucester Cathedral will play Guide me O thou Great Redeemer from the bells at 6pm on the first day of lockdown and will move its Evening Prayer on Zoom to 6pm. Different hymn tunes will ring out over the coming weeks.

The Very Reverend Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester, said: “Praying on a Thursday evening as a regular community is something we’ve got used to over lockdown in Gloucester. We shall continue and the bells will ring out with tunes of hope. I fully endorse the call to pray from our Archbishops and am grateful for their lead. The cathedral remains open for individual prayer 11.00am-4.00pm and we shall be streaming worship on Wednesdays and Sundays. The cathedral is Covid-secure and you are welcome to come and pray or light a candle, as together we stand as Christians, with love for one another and the common good.”

"This week's hymn is Guide me O thou Great Redeemer. These words of William Williams are a prayerful rallying cry in the face of this wicked pandemic. I pray that these great words will give you confidence as we help each other get through this month, and emerge in a new place together."

Guide me, O thou great redeemer,
Pilgrim through this barren land;
I am weak, but thou art mighty;
Hold me with thy powerful hand:
Bread of heaven, bread of heaven,
Feed me now and evermore,
Feed me now and evermore.

Open now the crystal fountain
Whence the healing stream doth flow;
Let the fiery cloudy pillar
Lead me all my journey through:
Strong deliverer, strong deliverer,
Be thou still my strength and shield,
Be thou still my strength and shield.

When I tread the verge of Jordan
Bid my anxious fears subside;
Death of death, and hell's destruction,
Land me safe on Canaan's side:
Songs and praises, songs and praises,
I will ever give to thee,

I will ever give to thee.

Click here to listen to the hymn played on the carillon in the bell tower of Gloucester Cathedral.

During the month-long lockdown, people will be encouraged to join them and pray daily, wherever they are, for the NHS, frontline workers, those who have lost loved ones, those struggling with physical and mental ill health and children and young people. This will culminate in a collective moment of prayer at 6pm each evening, with cathedrals and churches across the country invited to ring a bell at this time.

Each week a specific prayer will be shared, and these, and other prayer resources will be shared on social media using the hashtag #PrayerForTheNation and can all be found on the Church of England website. churchofengland.org/PrayerForTheNation.

Cathedrals including Durham, Liverpool, Lichfield, Exeter, St Albans and Cathedral Isle of Man have joined the call to pray for the Nation;

The call for this collective national wave of prayer comes as both Archbishops have encouraged churches to redouble their efforts to serve their local communities and those most vulnerable ahead of the second lockdown.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “On the brink of this second lockdown we might understandably feel helpless, anxious and vulnerable. ….. Prayer is my first response when I feel out of my depth, when I need help, when I am worried, when I am concerned for those I love.

It is a gift that God gives to all - whether you are a regular pray-er or not - bring your cares and the cares of the nation to God. For God loves and hears and holds. Prayer changes things.”

The Archbishop of York, Stephen Cottrell, said: “Prayer changes things. It changes things by inviting God into the room. At this challenging time when all of us are fearful and anxious, and when so many are suffering, it is the one thing we can all do. We can pray and invite God to change us, giving us the solace, strength and comfort we need for the difficult winter that is ahead of us. Let’s pray together at this difficult time.”

A range of resources for the month of prayer can be found here: churchofengland.org/PrayerForTheNation

Day of the week Daily prayer theme
Sunday Family, friends and loved ones
Monday Schools and colleges, children and young people
Tuesday Elderly, isolated and vulnerable
Wednesday Businesses, the workplace and economic wellbeing
Thursday The NHS and other key workers
Friday National and local governments
Saturday All who are grieving and all suffering with physical and mental ill-health.


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