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ACNS3274 Anglicans set day of prayer for Archbishop of

From "Anglican Communion News Service" <>
Date Wed, 22 Jan 2003 22:50:50 -0000

ACNS 3274     |     ACNS SPECIAL REPORT     |	  22 JANUARY 2003

Anglicans set day of prayer for Archbishop of Canterbury

The official Anglican Cycle of Prayer has designated Sunday 26 January 2003
as a day of prayer for the Archbishop of Canterbury. Coming just one month
before the 104th Archbishop of Canterbury will be seated in the historic
Chair of St Augustine in the Cathedral Church of Christ, Canterbury, the
intention of the prayer is one of thanksgiving for the ministry of
Archbishop Rowan Williams and for the office and unique role of the
Archbishop of Canterbury in the worldwide Communion. Other organisations
have also observed special days of prayer, with Affirming Catholicism being
first on 6 December.

The Secretary General, Canon John L. Peterson, said, "Anglicans and
Episcopalians around the world are steeped in the tradition of 'Common
Prayer', they remember the Provinces of the Anglican Communion, now 38 in
number, each on a given Sunday of the year in our Anglican Cycle of Prayer."
He added, "Many congregations pray daily for the Archbishop, as well as
their own Primate and Bishops, by name, in their public services of

The ancient enthronement service will be held in Canterbury Cathedral on
Thursday 27 February 2003, the day the church commemorates George Herbert,
priest and poet. Requests for seats by people from around the Church of
England and the Communion have, of course, far out-numbered the seating
capacity of the Cathedral which is circa 2500. The service will be broadcast
on BBC TV and heard on BBC Radio 4. ACNS will link to the BBC webcast and
the availability of a commercial video for purchase will be announced in due
course. A special edition of Anglican World magazine will also be published
in early March.

On Sunday 2 March 2003, Archbishop Rowan will preach at the Cathedral
Eucharist at 11am and at a Diocesan Eucharist at 3pm, also in the Cathedral.
Everyone is welcome to attend.

The following prayer may be used on 26 January and at any other appropriate

Almighty and everlasting God,
by whose Spirit the whole body of your faithful people
is governed and sanctified,
receive our supplications and prayers,
which we offer before you for all members of your holy Church,
and especially at this time for your servant Rowan,
the Archbishop of Canterbury,
that in their vocation and ministry they may truly and devoutly serve you;
through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Also note that ANGLICAN COMMUNION SUNDAY is now set for 25 May 2003. The
12th Meeting of the Anglican Consultative Council passed a resolution last
September on observing such a day, and asking in the future that a special
offering be taken for the work of the ACC. The resolution states:

33 Anglican Communion Sunday

This Anglican Consultative Council:

a urges each province of the Anglican Communion to identify a day which will
be Anglican Communion Sunday, the purpose of which will be to raise
awareness of and celebrate the Anglican Communion

b invites churches to take a second offering on that day to be made
available to the Anglican Communion Office for additional funding for, or
special purposes within, the Inter-Anglican Budget

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