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 the people of Sri Lanka

Jesus came and stood among them and said, ‘Peace be with you.’ (John 20.19)

Risen Lord Jesus,
as our sisters and brothers
knelt to pray
life was taken from them,
as others relaxed
life was taken from them.
In the presence of such evil
keep us firm in faith
and constant in love
that the world might be filled
with your life, your light
and your peace.

Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn

God our saviour,
look on this wounded world in pity and in power;
hold us fast to your promises of peace won for us by your risen Son,
our Saviour Jesus Christ.

Church of England

A prayer following the fire at Notre Dame de Paris

‘It will be revealed with fire, and the fire will test what sort of work each has done.’ (1 Corinthians 3.13)

Lord Jesus,
your broken body, laid aside,
rose in glory.
Give resurrection hope to the people of Paris
and all who grieve the destructive fire
at Notre Dame.
From the ashes may beauty once more arise,
as from the grave our new life comes.


Seigneur Jésus,
Ton corps brisé, enseveli,
est ressuscité dans la gloire.
Donne cet espoir de la résurrection au peuple de Paris
et à tous ceux qui pleurent l’incendie destructeur
de Notre Dame.
Que de ces cendres puisse renaître la beauté,
comme du tombeau resurgit notre nouvelle vie.

Dean of Southwark, the Very Revd Andrew Nunn


Prayers for Easter

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.


Jesus said, “I am he who lives and was dead,
and behold: I am alive for evermore.”

Revelation 1:18

Risen Christ
as you knew the pain 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

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 Peace

A prayer for peace in our world

Make your ways known upon earth, Lord God,
your saving power among all peoples.
Renew your Church in holiness
and help us to serve you with joy.
Guide the leaders of all nations,
that justice may prevail throughout the world.
Let not the needy be forgotten,
nor the hope of the poor be taken away.
Make us instruments of your peace
and let your glory be over all the earth.

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.  

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.

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.

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 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. 

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