Join the global wave of prayer - calling all Christians to pray for evangelisation between Ascension to Pentecost (May 30th - June 9th 2019)
'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.
“……I once more invoke the Holy Spirit. I implore him to come and renew the Church, to stir and impel her to go forth boldly to evangelize all peoples.” - Pope Francis, Evangelli Gaudium (261)
Where to start? After the successful Proclaim Spring Gatherings 2019 which attracted over 200 people from more than 60 different parishes, the first question might be ‘where do we begin?’ What is the next step in building a missionary parish and forming missionary disciples?
In Evangelii Gaudium, Pope Francis reminds us how at Pentecost the Holy Spirit ‘made the Apostles go forth’. We recall how the Apostles had been in the Upper Room for nine days since the Ascension of Our Lord, ‘joined in continuous prayer’ waiting for the coming of the Holy Spirit. Perhaps this too can be our starting point.
It has been a long tradition to follow the example of the Apostles, to pray the Pentecost Novena – nine days of prayer – calling on the Holy Spirit to refresh the Church in its mission to the world. Since 2016, this tradition has been given new energy through ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ 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.
‘Thy Kingdom Come’ 30th May - June 9th 2019
There are a variety of resources available on the ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ website www.thykingdomcome.global to encourage participation in this ‘first step’ in evangelisation. Or you may have access to other resources traditionally used in your community.
As a group, a parish, and maybe with other local churches, consider how your parish team or evangelisation group can be involved and encourage others to join in this Novena for Evangelisation:
- Pledge to Pray - register your pledge to ‘light up the world’ on the website, and invite others to do the same
There are a wide range of ecumenical resources, as well as specific Catholic Resources to help you, which include:
- Prayer Card - to pray for the people we know and love that their faith may come to life
- Pentecost Novena Booklet – Pocket-sized booklet for daily prayer
- Prayer Booklets – Morning, Evening and Night – joining Catholics around the world in the Prayer of the Church
- Journey with Mary - praying with Mary for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit
- Family Prayer Map – Prayers and activities, fun and interactive
To order these resources, including a free pack go to: www.cpo.org.uk/thykingdomcome
- Downloadable Resources & Podcasts – are also available from the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England & Wales home mission desk: http://www.catholicnews.org.uk/Home/Featured/Features-2018/Home-Mission-Sunday-2018/Prayer