Archbishop of Canterbury backs worldwide call for Christians to say the Lord’s Prayer

Mar 25, 2020 by

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has given his backing to a call from the Pope for Christians across the world to join in saying the Lord’s Prayer as part of the response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Pope Francis has invited Christian leaders and congregations worldwide to pray the Lord’s Prayer simultaneously at noon Rome time (11am UK) on Wednesday, on the Feast of the Annunciation. The Church of England is encouraging everyone to share a photo or video using #PrayTogether.

Archbishop Justin said: “When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray he taught them the words that we know as the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father. This prayer gives us words to pray even when we don’t know how or what to pray.

“I will be joining with Pope Francis and with Christians all round the world to pray the Lord’s Prayer at 1100 London time (1200 Rome) tomorrow, commending the world into God’s merciful care at this difficult time.”

Speaking on Sunday, Pope Francis called for all Christians to respond to the coronavirus pandemic “with the universality of prayer, of compassion, of tenderness”, adding, “Let us remain united. Let us make our closeness felt toward those persons who are the most lonely and tried”.

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