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Thy Kingdom Come - global wave of prayer

Friday 18th May

10:00 - 17:00

Description:Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension and Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops’ of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

Over the Pentecost weekend (10 to 20 May) Wells Cathedral is the host of a Prayer Labyrinth on the apron of the striking West Front and inspirational prayer art installation in the South Transept. 

Labyrinths are ancient spiritual pathways found across the world and embraced in medieval times and since as a support for prayer. Today, labyrinths are again being created to offer a spiritual space for prayer and reflection providing stilling space in a busy world. 

A labyrinth is different from a maze. A maze is full of dead-ends and tricks. A labyrinth has only one path that always leads to the centre. On the way in you are invited to pray for yourself, while in the centre you can focus on God’s love and on the way out you can pray for others.

The labyrinth that will be outside the west front on some days during Thy Kingdom Come (May 10th – May 20th) has been designed and made by James Fox Robinson, the Prayer and Spirituality Enabler for the diocese of Bath and Wells. It is a Celtic shape and is surrounded by designs that can be found in the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne Gospels.

Trees to east and west of the Saxon font in the Transept are living representations of the tree of creation in Genesis and the 'leaves of the tree [are] for the healing of the nations' in Revelation. Flowing streams are represented, with tear drop newspaper clippings reflecting some of the current pain of the world. Prayers for life and healing in the shape of leaves will be added by visitors during Thy Kingdom Come. Words by installation artist Verity Eastwood Dewing.

Do get involved in whatever way you can!  

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