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 Advent

Father in heaven, our hearts desire the warmth
of your love and our minds are searching for the light of your Word.
Increase our longing for Christ our Saviour
and give us the strength to grow in love,
that the dawn of his coming may find us rejoicing in his presence
and welcoming the light of his truth.  

Lord, may your birth, your coming,
bless us with the courage to look up, not away,
the strength to embrace today not tomorrow,
the trust to look within not through,
the faith to look for joy not satisfaction,
the love that holds on and lets go,
and the wonder that delights to smell a winter rose

Lord Jesus, you came as the living word,
to be the voice of the voiceless.
Hear the prayers of all who cry to you today,
and lighten the darkness of all in distress,
for your love’s sake.

O Lord our God,
make us watchful and keep us faithful
as we await the coming of your Son our Lord;
that when he shall appear he may not find us sleeping in sin
but active in his service and joyful in his praise;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.

In our watching and our waiting  - Come, Lord Jesus
In our hopes and fears -Come, Lord Jesus
In our homes and in our world - Come, Lord Jesus
Come, Lord Jesus.
Bless us and surprise us as we look forward to you birthday.

Lord of all time, bless this season.
Come among us in all that we do.
Help us to prepare for your coming this Christmas,
so that we may welcome you into our hearts and lives now and always. 


Prayer for NHS Frontline Day

God of wholeness and healing,
we give thanks for all who have worked tirelessly in out National Health Service
over the months of the Covid pandemic.

Grant them continued wisdom, encouragement and perseverance
as they face the challenges of backlogs in treatment and care.

Reassure them of your guidance and faithfulness
and of our gratitude.

This we ask in the name of Christ the Healer.



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.

Praying Together in Gloucester

The Cathedral offers prayer alongside other communities and groups across the city of Gloucester and beyond. Please click here for the Praying Together in Gloucester prayer diary.

AtaLoss is a website which signposts people who have been bereaved to find the right support for them. Click here to head to the website.

April 2020 Prayers for Peace and Justice

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