Year of Prayer
The Year of Prayer called by Pope Francis is an opportunity to deepen our relationship with the Lord.
In preparation for the 2025 Jubilee Year 'Pilgrims of Hope', 2024 has been designated a Year of Prayer by Pope Francis. It starts this Advent.
There is a particular focus on the Our Father, and this presents us with a great opportunity to go back to the basics of prayer.
Who art in Heaven,
hallowed be Thy name;
Thy Kingdom come,
Thy will be done
on earth as it is in Heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
If the Gospel is a message of Joy, then it is one we should be eager to share with others, and this can be done especially by inviting people to a deeper, prayerful encounter with Jesus Christ this year.
On Evangelii Gaudium Sunday (Sept 2023) the Diocesan Office for Mission encouraged every Catholic to reflect on their life of prayer: what they pray, how they pray, and why they pray. This is for two reasons:
To encourage people to go deeper in their commitment to pray, and in their love of God;
To think about how they might accompany someone else to pray during the coming Year of Prayer.
The Office for Mission is already working towards the Year of Prayer and will be providing suggestions and resources for how you can begin to do that.
Paul Northam, from the Office for Mission, is the Diocesan Co-ordinator for the Jubilee Year 2025.
Archbishop Bernard Longley is inviting everyone to join in this year’s Year of Prayer ahead of the Jubilee Year 2025.
In a short video, recorded at Archbishop’s House, His Grace introduces the Year of Prayer and invites all to pray the ‘Our Father’ with him.
Pause for Prayer’ monthly reflections can be found here :
CAFOD have also produced a range of resources to support the Year of prayer.