Cycle of Prayer

CycleOfPrayerThe Anglican Cycle of Prayer

“Lord, make us instruments of your peace. Where there is hatred, let us sow love” (Book of Common Prayer, p. 833).

What is the Cycle of Prayer? It is a regular, orderly schedule of prayer for the dioceses and bishops in the Anglican Communion.

The promises we make in our Baptismal Covenant are reminders that we are not yet perfect, that we are called to move deeper in our faith and make a difference in our world. We do so together as the church, always professing that we will indeed live into our baptismal vows as followers of Christ, but always “with God’s help.”

When praying for Bishops and clergy, the style of writing their title and name on a letter is different from when we would address them in person and also when we pray for them in our intercessions.

The Cycle of Prayer normally gives the full written title, e.g.  ‘The Right Reverend James M. Stanton, Bishop of Dallas’, and this is the way we would address an envelope in sending parcel postal mail to the particular person.

However when we pray for a bishop and his diocese in our worship, it is best to say:

“We pray for the Diocese of Dallas, and for James, our Bishop….”

for Suffragans, we say, “and we pray for Paul, Suffragan Bishop of Dallas”.

We normally don’t pray using their official titles or surnames during corporate worship.

For our own diocesan bishop, we would say:

“We pray for James, our Bishop and for this diocese.”

for our Suffragan we say, “and we pray for Paul, Suffragan Bishop of Dallas.”

If we want to pray for the Presiding Bishop of the church, we would say:

“We pray for Katherine, our Primate,” or
“We pray for Katherine, our Presiding Bishop,” or
“We pray for Katherine, Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church.”

If we would like to pray for a Bishop, or perhaps an Archbishop in any of the many provinces of the Anglican Communion, we would say:

“We pray for Justin, the Archbishop of Canterbury.”

With this in mind, you could pray in our cycle, “We pray for Katharine Jefferts Schori, our Presiding Bishop; for James M. Stanton, our Diocesan Bishop, Paul E. Lambert, our Bishop Suffragan and for Mother Barbara S. Kelton, our priest.”

For more on prayer, the Spiritual Growth page on The Episcopal Church website (click here), as well as The Anglican Cycle of Prayer on The Anglican Communion Official Website (click here).