On Tuesday 27 November, Bishop Declan launched the Year of Prayer at Clifton Cathedral. In a celebration of evening prayer he presented to each parish, community and school in the diocese the resources for the Year of Prayer starting this Sunday, the First Sunday of Advent.
In his message, Bishop Declan said that although we focus our attention upon prayer, mission is not finished, but we continue to reflect upon mission with a spirit of prayer. He continued to say that prayer is a conversation with God and is a conversation with others. It is not a one-way conversation but that the conversation we have in prayer is one both of speaking but above all of listening.
This booklet is not a treatise on prayer or an introduction to prayer it is rather a resource to help us to reflect on the rich patterns of prayer that already exist in our parishes and communities and a call to deepen that prayer. This resource is to help us reflect on the many ways we already encounter Christ and an invitation to the see the ways in which the Lord invites us to encounter him anew.