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Blackburn bishop backs 100 days of prayer

On August 4, 1918 King George V called a National Day of Prayer. One hundred days later the war ended.

Now, on the 100th anniversary of her grandfather’s request, Her Majesty The Queen has given her support to the launching of Remembrance 100; 100 days of prayer for our nation in the run up to Remembrance Day. This is a collaboration between Christian denominations, ministries and chaplaincies, and it’s receiving an enthusiastic welcome in Lancashire.

The new Bishop of Lancaster, Rt Rev Dr Jill Duff is excited about the initiative and said today: “It seems that in our country’s recent past concerted efforts of prayer have shifted the course of history for the better. Jesus invites us to pray with great ambition in the Lord’s prayer that God’s will be done ‘on earth as in heaven’.”  

Bishop Jill (right) continued: “I have committed to pray with ambition for our nation, every day until November 11. I’d love you to join me in this.”

Remembrance 100 will help churches mark the centenary of the First World War at the heart of their communities – with prayers, Bible readings, reflections and peace-making activities – all of which are available to download free from the Remembrance 100 website.

The free downloads include the ‘6 Rs of Reconciliation’ written by the Archbishop of Canterbury.
Other contributors include members and staff from the Church of England; the Methodist Church; the United Reformed Church; the Armed Forces Christian Union; Bible Society; the Evangelical Alliance; the HOPE leadership team; Sports Chaplaincy UK; Christian Vision for Men; the World Prayer Centre; the Anglican Communion Office; the Peace Alliance and other chaplaincies and Christian ministries.

Bishop Jill, who has tweeted her support for Remembrance 100 via @JillLCDuff … tweets which are also reflected on the Diocesan Twitter feed @cofelancs … added: “I encourage parishes across Lancashire to get involved by downloading the resources available on the Remembrance 100 website and to follow activities on social media using #Remembrance100.

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