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Tuesday, 12 May 2015

Where does our Diocesan Prayer Diary come from?

The Prayer Diary is probably the most widely used publication we produce in this Diocese. In my view it is also one of the most comprehensive such guides to daily intercession produced in the Church of England. The Diary brings together in one place for each day of the year an intention related to our diocese, most commonly one of our chaplaincies or parishes with the names of the clergy and readers, or another diocesan focus such as meetings happening that day. In addition the Anglican Communion's own daily prayer focus is listed, and well as each week, the particular focus of the Porvoo Communion of Churches.

The compiling of such a comprehensive guide to our intercessory prayer is the work of the Revd Canon Barbara Moss (photo above), a member of our Diocesan Communications Committee, besides being the Priest-in-Charge of St Andrew's Gothenburg and Area Dean of the Nordic and Baltic states.

Barbara recently gave a presentation to our Senior Staff of the method she uses to compile the resource, which requires collecting data from the diocese, the Communion and the Porvoo Churches, and a certain vigilance to keep the intentions up to date. Sometime in the next year, she intends to hand over this responsibility to a new person, and the computer programme she uses is in excellent shape and ready for the handover in due course.

The Staff and the people of this diocese are grateful to Canon Moss for this detailed and careful work to produce such a useful resource for our daily intercessions.

(The most up-to-date version of the diary is that on the Diocesan Website).

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