Thursday, 28 December 2017

Praying at Christmas with USPG
and Lichfield Cathedral
(4): 28 December 2017

Snow at the Garden of Remembrance and Lichfield Cathedral the earlier this month (Photograph: Steve Johnson, 2017)

Patrick Comerford

Today is the feast of the Holy Innocents [28 December 2017].

Until the end of December 2017, I am continuing a practice I began at the beginning of Advent this year. I am spending a short time of prayer and reflection each morning, using the prayer diary of the Anglican mission agency USPG (United Society Partners in the Gospel) and the Advent and Christmas Devotional Calendar from Lichfield Cathedral.

USPG, founded in 1701, is an Anglican mission agency supporting churches around the world in their mission to bring fullness of life to the communities they serve.

Under the title Pray with the World Church, the current prayer diary (22 October 2017 to 10 February 2018), offers prayers and reflections from the Anglican Communion.

This week, the Prayer Diary visits the Holy Land, and this theme was introduced on Sunday by Salwa Khoury, who is based at Saint Luke’s Hospital in Nablus on the West Bank.

The USPG Prayer Diary:

Thursday 28 December 2017, The Holy Innocents:

Pray for mothers and babies in Palestine who have little access to healthcare or who lack the funds to be able to pay medical fees.

Lichfield Cathedral Advent and Christmas Devotional Calendar:

The calendar suggests lighting a candle each day as you read the Bible and pray.

Today, the calendar suggests reading Matthew 2: 13-18.

The reflection for today offers this challenge:

Pray for all who suffer as a result of genocide, ethnic cleansing and the evil intent of others. Pray for the world’s children.

Yesterday’s reflection

Continued tomorrow.

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