Prayer

At St Mary's, we consider it a privilege to pray on behalf of all those we know and don't know, who are unwell, in self-isolation or are feeling a high level of anxiety at this time.  We do not forget the caregivers who are working tirelessly to ensure the safety and wellbeing of others.

If you wish the Church to pray for you, a member of your family or a friend, please let us know by submitting your prayer to prayer@stmaryshortlands.church.

Compline (Night Prayer)Please join us on Wednesday evenings at 8.30pm for Compline.  The ancient office of Compline derives its name from a Latin word meaning ‘completion’ (completorium).  It is above all a service of quietness and reflection before rest at the end of the day.  It is most effective when the ending is indeed an ending, without additions, conversation or noise.  If there is an address, or business to be done, it should come first.  If the service is in church, those present depart in silence; if at home, they go quietly to bed.

Prayer for the Nation. In response to reaching the terrible milestone of 100,000 deaths from COVID-19, the Archbishops invite all to call on God in Prayer. Starting on 1 February we invite you to set aside time every evening to pray, particularly at 6pm each day. More than ever, this is a time when we need to love each other. Prayer is an expression of love. Church of England - Prayer for the Nation

Prayers for use during the Coronavirus outbreak

Today's prayer from the Church of England