Thy Kingdom Come
“Thy Kingdom Come” is a joint Anglican and Roman Catholic initiative to pray together a Pentecost Novena starting on 25th May, leading up to the birthday of the Church, Pentecost Sunday. The origins of this initiative lie with the Archbishop of Canterbury who is inviting people throughout the United Kingdom to set aside ten minutes of prayer each day between Ascension Day and Pentecost Sunday. The key to the novena is a few minutes of stillness at the beginning of prayer, inviting the Spirit of God to touch our minds and hearts. It is true that we can pray anywhere, anytime. The important thing is that we pray somewhere, sometime. “Thy Kingdom Come” gives a short meditative text to follow the stillness, concluding with the Lord’s Prayer.
Prayer cards are being made available within our parishes over the coming days, and there is a website available with resources including a Kingdom Kit and Youth Prayer Journal for use during the days. As we approach the ‘birthday of the Church’ it is important that all Christians, no matter what denomination, invite the breath of the Holy Spirit into our communities and draw us closer together in the name of Jesus Christ; bringing us to the day that Christ prayed for “I ask not only on behalf of these, but also on behalf of those who will believe in me through their word, that they may all be one. As you, Father, are in me and I am in you, may they also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me”. (Jn 17:20-21)