Praying is an important part of our faith but you don't have to know any prayers if you want to pray - just say what is in your heart and what you feel. Praying is individual, unique and there for you to experience on your own terms, in your own way.

There is always a quiet space somewhere in the Cathedral should you wish to pray and light a candle. We also have a chaplain available if you would like to speak with a member of the clergy.

If you want a little inspiration, or maybe a prayer for a specific reason you can find some examples below:


Prayers for Prince Philip




Prayers for Lent and Easter

Holy God,
holy and strong,
holy and immortal,
have mercy on us.

O God, our loving Shepherd,
Who brought again your Son Jesus Christ from the valley of death,
comfort us with your protecting presence and your angels of goodness and love,
that we may also come home and dwell with him in your house for ever.

Restless with grief and fear,
the abandoned turn to you;
in every hour of trial,
good Lord, deliver us,
O God most holy,
God most strong, whose wisdom is the cross of Christ.

O Lord Jesus,
retune the selfish notes of my heart and set them to the music of your humility and love,
that my life may be in harmony with all around me and in tune with your purposes for all creation.
So may I reflect your gentle selflessness. 

Lynne Chitty

We adore you, O Christ, and we bless you;
because by your holy cross you have redeemed the world.

When I survey the wondrous Cross
on which the Prince of Glory died
my richest gain I count but loss
and pour contempt on all my pride.

Forbid it, Lord, that I should boast,
all the vain things that charm me most,
I sacrifice them to his blood.

See from his head, his hands, his feet,
sorrow and love flow mingled down;
did e’er such love and sorrow meet,
or thorns compose so rich a crown?

Were the whole realm of nature mine,
that were an offering far too small;
Love so amazing, so divine,
demands my soul, my life,my all.    

Isaac Watts (1674-1748)


Alleluia, Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Lord Jesus, risen and glorified, yet bearing the marks of pain.
We give you thanks that your Easter greeting “Peace be with you” resounds through the centuries,
transforming hearts and lives, bringing courage and hope,
equipping your people to proclaim the gospel with integrity and joy.
Lord, you are our peace, today, tomorrow and forever.

Merciful Father,
You gave your Son Jesus Christ to be the Good Shepherd,
and in his love for us to lay down his life and rise again:
keep us always under his protection,
and give us grace to follow in his footsteps;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Alleluia, Christ is risen.
He is risen indeed, Alleluia.

Risen Christ
as you knew the discipline of suffering
and the victory that brings us salvation,
so grant us your presence in our weakness
and a place in your unending kingdom,
now and forever.

Risen Christ,
your wounds declare your love for the world
and the wonder of your risen life:
give us compassion and courage
to risk ourselves for those we serve,
to the glory of God the Father.

© Archbishops’ Council



Cathedrals share a prayer for nation while we are subject to covid restrictions


Prayers for all those affected by coronavirus

Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.

“Do not be afraid, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by your name, you are mine”  
Isaiah 43:1

“Remember Lord, your compassion and mercy, for they are from everlasting.” 
Psalm 25:5

“Beloved, let us love one another, for love is of God;
everyone who loves is born of God and knows God.”
1 John 4:7

Send your holy angels to watch over us, O God,
that on our lips may be found your truth and in our hearts your love.

Christ be with me, Christ within me,
Christ behind me, Christ before me,
Christ beside me, Christ to win me,
Christ to comfort And restore me.
Christ beneath me, Christ above me,
Christ in quiet, Christ in danger,
Christ in hearts of all that love me
Christ in mouth of friend and stranger.
St Patrick

Eternal God and Father,
You create and redeem us
by the power of your love:
Guide and strengthen us
by your Spirit,
That we may give ourselves in love and service to one another and to you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Into your hands, O Lord, I commend my spirit,
For you have redeemed me,
Lord God of truth.
Keep me as the apple of your eye,
Hide me under the shadow of your wings.
From the service of Night Prayer


Prayers for Peace

God of peace, whose Son Jesus Christ proclaimed the kingdom
 and restored the broken to wholeness of life:
look with compassion on the anguish of the world, 
and by your healing power make whole both people and nations;
through our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.  


Lord, strengthen our hearts, hands and minds,
To work together for peace;
To see you in one another,
And to seek your kingdom above all things;
That your will may be done,
And your kingdom come,
Through Jesus Christ,
The Lord of Lords and King of Kings.


A prayer for peace in our communities

Gracious God,
We pray for peace in our communities this day.
We commit to you all who work for peace and an end to tensions,
And those who work to uphold law and justice.
We pray for an end to fear,
For comfort and support to those who suffer.
For calm in our streets and cities,
That people may go about their lives in safety and peace.
In your mercy, hear our prayers,
now and always.

Jesus said, “Peace I leave with you, my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, neither let them be afraid.”
John 14:27

Prayers for Children and Families  

A Prayer for Children

Loving God,
your Son told his disciples
to become like little children.
Lead us to work for the welfare
and protection of all young people.
May we respect their dignity
that they may flourish in life,
following the example of the same
Jesus Christ our Lord.

A Prayer for Family Life

God of compassion,
whose Son Jesus Christ, the child of Mary,
shared the life of a home in Nazareth,
and on the cross drew the whole human family to himself:
strengthen us in our daily living
that in joy and in sorrow
we may know the power of your presence
to bind together and to heal;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

Prayers for those who mourn

O God, who brought us to birth,
and in whose arms we die,
in our grief and shock
contain and comfort us;
embrace us with your love,
give us hope in our confusion
and grace to let go into new life;
through Jesus Christ.

Gracious God,
surround us and all who mourn this day
with your continuing compassion.
Do not let grief overwhelm your children,
or turn them against you.
When grief seems never-ending,
take them one step at a time
along your road of death and resurrection
in Jesus Christ our Lord. 

Prayers for those caught up in disaster and tragedy

O Lord our God,
Source of all goodness and love,
accept the fervent prayers of your people;
in the multitude of your mercies look with compassion
upon all who turn to you for help;
for you are gracious, O lover of souls,
and to you we give glory, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit,
now and for ever.

Lord of all compassion
We pray for all of those caught up in the midst of tragedy or disaster.
For those who have lost life and those working to save life
For those who are worried for people they love
For those who will see their loved ones no longer
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in need of the peace that passes all understanding
For all who turn to you in the midst of turmoil
For those who cry out to you in fear and in love
Lord Have Mercy.
For those in confusion and those in despair
For those whose tears are yet to dry
For those in need of your unending love
Lord Have Mercy. 

We remember St Richard of Chichester who wrote this memorable prayer.

Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
          for all the benefits you have given us,
          for all the pains and difficulties you bear with us,
O merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
          may we see you more clearly,
          love you more dearly,
          and follow you more nearly,
          day by day.

April 2020 Prayers for Peace and Justice

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