Anglican leaders endorse Pope Francis’ worldwide call for Christians to say the Lord’s Prayer

24 March 2020

Senior leaders of the Anglican Communion, a family of 40 autonomous interdependent national and regional churches, have back Pope Francis’ call for Christians around the world to pray the Lord’s Prayer together on Wednesday 25 March.

Pope Francis invited Christians of all denominations to recite the lord’s prayer at midday CET (11am GMT) or at midday local time, on Wednesday in response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Backing the call, the Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, said: “When the disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray he taught them the words that we know as the Lord’s Prayer or the Our Father. This prayer gives us words to pray even when we don’t know how or what to pray.

“I will be joining with Pope Francis and with Christians all round the world to pray the Lord’s Prayer at 1100 London time (1200 Rome) tomorrow, commending the world into God’s merciful care at this difficult time.”

The Secretary General of the Anglican Communion, Dr Josiah Idowu-Fearon, said: “In his call for the Christian faithful around the world to join with him in saying The Lord’s Prayer at 11am GMT or at midday in their time-zone, on Wednesday 25 March, Pope Francis is demonstrating the ecumenical hospitality for which he is known and respected.

“I ask all members of the Anglican Communion, and Christians of other denominations, to respond with similar ecumenical generosity and join in with this initiative.

“Many of us can no longer join together in person to pray and worship God, but we can join together, across the world, across our languages, across our cultures, across our denominations: we can join together to pray the prayer that Jesus himself taught us; to pray that God’s will be done. Wherever you are on Wednesday, please join us at 11am GMT – or at midday in your local time – to pray the Lord’s Prayer in your own language.”

People taking part in the prayer are being encouraged to share a photo or video using #LordsPrayer.