The General Synod of the Church of England will be meeting between 6th – 9th February and the main item on the agenda will be the Ordination of Women Bishops. This will be an extremely important Synod for the future (and unity) of the Church of England. Accordingly the Diocese of Wakefield branch of the Society of S Wilfrid and S Hilda have organised a Novena (nine days of intense prayer) from 1st – 9th of February. Various parishes are responsible for organising each day. Our Day of Prayer will be Wednesday 8 February. We shall celebrate Mass at 10am followed by Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 6pm when there will be Evening Prayer and Benediction.
- regard this important initiative as a very high priority.
- sign up a time of praying before the Blessed Sacrament to ensure there is a continuous watch.
- where possible support other parishes
You can also use the intentions and the following prayer in your own daily prayer:
who care for your people with gentleness and rule them with love, endow with a spirit of wisdom the members of the General Synod charged with making serious decisions concerning your Church.
May they be led to know the truth more fully and make such decisions that will help all your people to grow in holiness, unity and peace according to your will.
Our Father …. Hail Mary … Glory be …
Organising Parishes and intentions for the nine days of the
Novena of prayer for the Church of England
Wednesday 1st February at Christ Church, Staincliffe
Intention: The Preservation of the Catholic and Apostolic faith in the Church of England
Thursday 2nd February at St Helen’s Athersley
Intention: The House of Bishops
Friday, 3rd February at St Peter’s, Barnsley
Intention: The House of Clergy
Saturday, 4th February at St Peter’s, Horbury
Intention: The House of Laity
Intention: The Catholic Group
Monday, 6th February at Southowram
Intention: Proper provision
Tuesday, 7th February at St Thomas’s, Huddersfield
Intention: Those involved in the debate
Wednesday, 8th February at St Helen’s, Hemsworth
Intention: The success of the Following Motion
Thursday, 9th February at St Luke’s, Grimethorpe
Intention: The future of the Church of England
The Brethren of the Community of the Resurrection will be praying from 5.15 – 6.00pm each day for the Holy Spirit’s guidance on General Synod and for a spirit of tolerance and generosity.
For more up to date information about the Novena see: www.sswshwakefield.co.uk
For a more detailed explanation of where we’re up to see: www.bishopofbeverley.couk/news.htm