The Diocese of Canterbury which includes the Parish church of All Saints’ in Hollingbourne is holding a Novena or nine days of prayer.
May 26th – June 3rd 2017
Using the provocative and striking artwork of Canterbury based Christian artist Caleb Simmons, we wait and pray for the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
The Nine Days of Prayer this year focuses on nine Biblical stories in which people find themselves in an ‘in-between’ place. The familiar characters find themselves in the middle spaces between despair and thanksgiving; between endings and beginnings; between the known and the unknown; between seeing and knowing. How do they journey through the in-between? How do we?
These stories and their images will be the springboards for our Novena prayer through the nine days. The daily pocket prayer images and Daily Waiting liturgies invite us to be ready for unexpected grace, and to receive the Holy Spirit afresh.
As usual, the Pocket Prayers – small booklets for personal and group use – are being produced free of charge for all parishes and will be available for collection by clergy at the Chrism Eucharist Services at Canterbury Cathedral on 11th and 13th April. If these are not collected then delivery or pick up will be arranged with parish clergy. We will use your usual Sunday attendance figures to calculate how many Pocket Prayers you will need unless otherwise notified. If you know of people or groups outside of Canterbury diocese who wish to join in, Pocket Prayers are available to be purchased through the CPO website from April.
For more information please go to https://www.canterburydiocese.org/novena/