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Prayer and the Religious Life


“If we want to see things changed, it starts with prayer. It starts with a new spirit of prayer, using all the traditions, ancient and modern. When it comes, it will be linked to what has gone before, but it will look different – because it is a new renewal for new times. God’s created community is perfectly designed for its time and place. It almost always comes from below. It comes from Christians seeking Christ.” Archbishop Justin Welby


Prayer matters, and prayer changes things. History shows that a renewal of prayer can result not just in churches transformed, but whole societies too. Today, all over Europe, new communities of prayer are growing. By making the renewal of prayer the first priority of his ministry, Archbishop Justin hopes to encourage both existing and new religious communities in Britain.

encouraging all Christians to deepen their relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer. Archbishop Justin hopes to help inspire Christians to explore the many different ways that prayer can bring them closer to God, enriching not just their own lives but the lives of those around them;

supporting new and existing religious communities which are devoted to simple lives of work, study and prayer (this is sometimes called ‘the Religious Life’). In such Christian communities, which date back to at least the 5th Century, living by a shared ‘rule’ helps members support one another to reach to new depths of love and obedience in their lives of faith.

As part of this, from January 2014, four members of Chemin Neuf - a Roman Catholic community with an ecumenical and teaching vocation - have come to live at Lambeth Palace to share in the daily round of prayer, as well as hospitality, which necessarily underpins everything else that happens here.

Read more about Archbishop Justin's commitment to prayer and the Religious Life: 

January 2018

Archbishops of Canterbury and York launch Thy Kingdom Come 2018
24 January 2018
The global prayer campaign for more people to know Jesus Christ will take place from 10th to 20th May…

December 2017

New Prior announced for the Community of St Anselm
4 December 2017
The new Prior of the Community of St Anselm, the Archbishop of Canterbury’s monastic-inspired community…

May 2017

Hundreds of thousands worldwide prepare to pray Thy Kingdom Come
17 May 2017
Christians across England and around the world will gather to pray for evangelism between Ascension and…

January 2017

Isabelle Hamley licensed as Archbishop's Chaplain
16 January 2017
Archbishop Justin Welby licensed the Revd Isabelle Hamley as his new Chaplain at Lambeth Palace today.…

November 2016

Archbishop announces Isabelle Hamley as new Chaplain
7 November 2016
The Revd Isabelle Hamley will take up the role of Archbishop of Canterbury’s Chaplain at Lambeth Palace…

September 2016

Archbishop commissions new members of Community of St Anselm
30 September 2016
Forty new members of Archbishop Justin Welby's monastic-inspired community for young Christians took…

June 2016

First Community of St Anselm members finish 'year in God's time'
21 June 2016
Archbishop prays for first members of the monastic-inspired community for young Christians, "May you…

May 2016

Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols hold Facebook Live chat
27 May 2016
The Anglican and Roman Catholic leaders took questions from the public on unity, sharing the Gospel and…

Archbishop Justin Welby and Cardinal Vincent Nichols to hold Facebook live chat
26 May 2016
The Archbishop and the Cardinal will discuss prayer, unity and evangelism live on Facebook tomorrow.…

Week of prayer for evangelism has ‘touched a chord’ says Archbishop
11 May 2016
Archbishop Justin Welby spoke to Premier Radio about prayer, evangelism and Thy Kingdom Come.

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