World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer (Friday 1 March) is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice.

An ecumenical prayer service takes place at St Mary's Episcopal Cathedral in Palmerston Place, Edinburgh, at 11:30am. The service will be livestreamed here.

This year the prayer service has been written by the Christian women of Palestine on the theme ‘I beg you to bear with one another in love’.

They ask everyone to bear with them in love and to pray for an end to all human suffering and to stand with them to achieve security and peace for all people around the world.

There are World Day of Prayer services taking place in churches of all denominations across the Archdiocese. Find out more here. For resources and more visit worlddayofprayer.net

Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse

The annual Day of Prayer for those who have suffered abuse is marked each year on the Friday following Ash Wednesday (this year 24 Feb).

Lord Jesus,
we praise you for calling us to the service of others.

We pray for a generosity of spirit
to ensure the vulnerable are protected.

We pray for a compassionate heart
so that we will reach out to those who are wounded by abuse.

We pray for courage and determination
as we seek the safety of everyone in our parish communities.

We dedicate ourselves to this work of service
and pray that you will help us to do your will at all times and in all places. Amen.

Lord Jesus,
we praise you for calling us to the service of others.

We pray for a generosity of spirit
to ensure the vulnerable are protected.

We pray for a compassionate heart
so that we will reach out to those who are wounded by abuse.

We pray for courage and determination
as we seek the safety of everyone in our parish communities.

We dedicate ourselves to this work of service
and pray that you will help us to do your will at all times and in all places. Amen.

The Year of Prayer 2024 and The Jubilee Year 2025

On Sunday, Pope Francis inaugurated a Year of Prayer ahead of the 2025 Jubilee.

He called on the faithful “to pray more fervently to prepare ourselves to live properly this grace-filled event".

The Holy Father said that The Year of Prayer 2024 is dedicated “to rediscovering the great value and absolute need for prayer, prayer in personal life, in the life of the Church, prayer in the world”.

The Dicastery for Evangelization will release materials to help the faithful celebrate the Year.

Follow the Holy Year Scotland 2025 page on Facebook to find out about national events in Scotland.

Find out more about the Jubilee Year 2025 at the official website: www.iubilaeum2025.va

What is a Jubilee?

A Jubilee is a special year of grace, in which the Catholic Church offers the faithful the possibility of asking for a plenary indulgence – a remission of sins for themselves or deceased loved ones.

It takes place every 25 years and is a tradition that is recognised as being a significant part of the history of our faith.

The Jubilee year begins with the well-known custom of the opening of the Holy Door at St Peter’s Basilica, following the other three papal basilicas in Rome.

The Pope grants permission for Holy Doors to be situated throughout the world for Catholics everywhere to take part in this most special rite.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2024

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Thursday (18 January).

This year's theme is ‘You shall love the Lord your God… and your neighbour as yourself’ (Lk 10:27).

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18 to 25 January – the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul.

In choosing this passage of Scripture for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the churches of Burkina Faso invite us to join with them in a process of self-reflection as they consider what it means to love our neighbour, particularly for those who live amidst security crises.

On the eve of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Pope Francis posted on Twitter: "The Word of God invites us not to close ourselves off or think that we can do it alone, but to grow together. Let us listen to each other, talk together, and support one another. #ChristianUnity

Archbishop Cushley has encouraged Catholic Parishes to host prayer events with nearby churches of other Christian denominations.

St Joseph's in Broomhouse host a prayer service on Thursday, along with St David’s (Church of Scotland) and St Salvador’s (Episcopal Church).

Title image: The Good Samaritan, from Art in the Christian Tradition, a project of the Vanderbilt Divinity Library, Nashville, TN. Resources are available here. Read more about the week on Vatican News 

Advent service for teachers

Take some time out of your busy schedule for our Advent Service.

The theme is 'Imagining Peace' and we will reflect on the wonderful words of the prophet Isaiah with our guest speaker Fr John Deighan.

This event is on Teams and is for school staff in the Archdiocese of St Andrews & Edinburgh. Register Kay for the link: kay.leslie@staned.org.uk

We hope to see you there!

NEXT Tuesday (5 Dec) at 4:00pm we host an Advent service for school staff titled ‘’Imagining Peace’.

Free2Pray webinar

A Green Party MSP, supported by the Scottish Government, is proposing a Bill to ban peaceful prayers and offers of help near abortion clinics in Scotland.
It proposes a jail sentence of up to two years for anyone who even silently prays near an abortion clinic. Catholics in England have already been arrested under similar laws there.
It is vital that as many Catholics, and all concerned for freedom of speech and assembly, make a response to this dangerous Bill.
Find out more and how to respond at this webinar which takes place on Tuesday 3 October at 7:45pm. Register here.
If the Government is allowed to decide when and where people can pray this is a serious threat to religious freedom.
If the principle is established in this Bill, it could easily be applied to Corpus Christi processions or other forms of Catholic social justice work if politicians decide they don't agree with what is happening.
It is vital that as many Catholics, and all concerned for freedom of speech and assembly, make a response to this dangerous Bill.
Find out more and how to respond at this webinar.
Free2Pray is organised by the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office. Register here.

Free2Pray

A Green Party MSP, supported by the Scottish Government, is proposing a Bill to ban peaceful prayers and offers of help near abortion clinics in Scotland.

The Bill proposes a jail sentence of up to two years for anyone who even silently prays near an abortion clinic. Catholics in England have already been arrested under similar laws there.

If the Government is allowed to decide when and where people can pray this is a serious threat to religious freedom.

If the principle is established in this Bill, it could easily be applied to Corpus Christi processions or other forms of Catholic social justice work if politicians decide they don't agree with what is happening.

It is vital that as many Catholics, and all concerned for freedom of speech and assembly, make a response to this dangerous Bill.

Register here for this session to find out how to respond.

Event organised by the Scottish Catholic Parliamentary Office.

 

Mini-Course: Searching for Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

Professor James Edwards, a fascinating speaker and a leading biblical scholar from USA, will lead a five-day mini course for those who are searching for Jesus.

Using the Gospel of Mark as his base, Prof. Edwards will show how Jesus fits into the history of first century Palestine, and using literature and archaeology from the period will help those who are looking for Jesus to find and encounter him. Get your ticket here.

Prof Edwards

James Edwards is a native of Colorado.

He speaks in church, conference, and community settings, for two decades he was Contributing Editor at Christianity Today.

He has authored more than one hundred articles, both scholarly and popular, and New Testament commentaries for Community Bible Study.

His books have been translated into Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

He also has led a dozen study tours to Israel, Turkey, and Greece. He was named to the North Dakota Humanities Council for his studies on the Holocaust.

He has received teaching and research awards from Sears-Roebuck, Templeton Award in Science and Religion, German Academic Exchange Service, Pew-Gordon, and Membership in the Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton. At Jamestown and Whitworth, he received awards from both faculty and students for teaching excellence.

Get your ticket here.

 

Mini-Course: Searching for Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

Professor James Edwards, a fascinating speaker and a leading biblical scholar from USA, will lead a five-day mini course for those who are searching for Jesus.

Using the Gospel of Mark as his base, Prof. Edwards will show how Jesus fits into the history of first century Palestine, and using literature and archaeology from the period will help those who are looking for Jesus to find and encounter him. Get your ticket here.

Prof Edwards

James Edwards is a native of Colorado.

He speaks in church, conference, and community settings, for two decades he was Contributing Editor at Christianity Today.

He has authored more than one hundred articles, both scholarly and popular, and New Testament commentaries for Community Bible Study.

His books have been translated into Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

He also has led a dozen study tours to Israel, Turkey, and Greece. He was named to the North Dakota Humanities Council for his studies on the Holocaust.

He has received teaching and research awards from Sears-Roebuck, Templeton Award in Science and Religion, German Academic Exchange Service, Pew-Gordon, and Membership in the Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton. At Jamestown and Whitworth, he received awards from both faculty and students for teaching excellence.

Get your ticket here.

 

Mini-Course: Searching for Jesus in the Gospel of Mark

Professor James Edwards, a fascinating speaker and a leading biblical scholar from USA, will lead a five-day mini course for those who are searching for Jesus.

Using the Gospel of Mark as his base, Prof. Edwards will show how Jesus fits into the history of first century Palestine, and using literature and archaeology from the period will help those who are looking for Jesus to find and encounter him. Get your ticket here.

Prof Edwards

James Edwards is a native of Colorado.

He speaks in church, conference, and community settings, for two decades he was Contributing Editor at Christianity Today.

He has authored more than one hundred articles, both scholarly and popular, and New Testament commentaries for Community Bible Study.

His books have been translated into Korean, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.

He also has led a dozen study tours to Israel, Turkey, and Greece. He was named to the North Dakota Humanities Council for his studies on the Holocaust.

He has received teaching and research awards from Sears-Roebuck, Templeton Award in Science and Religion, German Academic Exchange Service, Pew-Gordon, and Membership in the Centre of Theological Inquiry, Princeton. At Jamestown and Whitworth, he received awards from both faculty and students for teaching excellence.

Get your ticket here.