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Praying Together

by glynch — last modified 11 Jun, 2020 11:40 AM

A pattern for shared prayer as we renew our hope in our homes, schools, workplaces and churches during Lent each year.

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Updated Listing 1 March 2019
The large print version of Praying Together 2019 is now available in UPDATED PDF and Word. [links removed]

About Praying Together

This framework for shared daily prayer for Lent has become an annual fixture for this diocese.

Prayer changes us, especially when we pray together with others. There can be no renewal without prayer. Jesus said we should pray for what we want. It is the heartbeat of the Christian and the Christian Community.

Praying Together follows a simple pattern which can be followed in a time as short five or ten minutes to as much as half an hour. It can be used by individuals or in groups - at home, in schools, workplaces or churches.

For each day in Lent, there is a very short Bible reading, reflection, prayer and suggested action.

Options include printed copies; electronic copiessigning up via email; signing up via the PrayerMate app; setting up your own prayer feed; and praying the Daily Office.

Printed copies

30,000 printed copies of the booklet will be distributed to parishes and other organisations. For additional copies, please contact 01722 411922 or

Daily prayer points can also be received via email and the PrayerMate app.

Churches and organisations outside the Diocese can purchase copies at little more than the production price plus postage.

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Electronic copies

Updated Listing The large print version of Praying Together 2019 is available in PDF and Word.

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Signing up via e-mail

You can sign up using this form, located at the bottom of this page, to receive the day's diocesan Cycle of Prayer points and Praying Together during Lent direct to your inbox at 5am every morning. Click here to visit the archive.

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Signing up via the PrayerMate app

Searching for PrayerMateStep 1: Download PrayerMate on to your Apple or Android device via the Apple AppStore, Google Play, or Amazon Appstore.

Step 2: Subscribe to both of our diocesan prayer feeds.

Our Cycle of Prayer is up and running in Beta version, so you will get daily prayer updates from the Diocesan Cycle of Prayer as soon as you sign up, and this will continue for the foreseeable future.

The Praying Together feed will be in operation only during Lent, from Ash Wednesday (14 February) until Easter Day (1 April). If you sign up to it now, it will be ready to go on Ash Wednesday!

There are two ways to subscribe.

1. The sure and simple way

a.       Once you’ve opened the Prayer Mate App, tap the '+' button at the top of the home page to add a new prayer feed.

b.       Scroll down to the 'Ready-made content' section and tap 'Prayers for church life'.

PrayerMate Feed index

c.       Scroll down to 'Sub-categories' and tap 'UK Churches'.

d.       Scroll through the UK Churches Feeds, which are listed alphabetically. Tap 'Diocese of Salisbury Cycle of Prayer'. Next, tap 'Subscribe to this feed' and choose the list 'My Church'.

e.       Then go back to the UK Churches Feeds and tap 'Diocese of Salisbury Praying Together'. Again, select 'Diocese of Salisbury Cycle of Prayer', 'Subscribe to this feed' and 'My Church'.

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2. The swish, high-tech way

a.       Keep your phone or tablet handy. On a desktop computer or other second device, open this link which takes you to the page for Diocese of Salisbury Praying Together:

b.       In the PrayerMate app, tap the plus button to add a new prayer feed.

c.       Scroll down to the bottom and tap 'Subscribe using QR code'.

PrayerMate Subscribe Using QR Code

d.       With the camera on your phone or tablet, scan the visual QR code on your PC or second device.

QR Code

e.       Now repeat the process for the Diocese of Salisbury Cycle of Prayer feed by following this link on your PC or second device:

To open each prayer feed:

a.      Open the Prayer Mate app and tap on the list icon at the top of the page.

b.      Tap 'My Church', then tap the appropriate prayer feed.


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Setting up your own prayer feed

Once PrayerMate is installed, you could add a personal cycle of prayer for family and friends, or mission agencies and other organisations you support, from Tearfund to Mothers' Union to the Leprosy Mission.

You could also set up a prayer feed for your church, parish, benefice or school.

Find out more at

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Praying the Daily Office

The Daily Office is a form of prayer with some elements that are repeated daily, some that are common to a particular season, and some that vary from day to day. Every reading of the Daily Office has one or more readings from the Bible, some set prayers shared across the Church on that day, space to pray for our own intercessions and time to simply to be still in the presence of God.

The Daily Office is the common prayer of the Church of England, a living part of a tradition of morning and evening prayer that stretches back to the earliest days of the Church and, through the psalms, before that to the Temple at Jerusalem. This was the root from which the monastic tradition of prayer sprung, and that in turn was given a distinctively Anglican form by Cranmer in the Book of Common Prayer.

The core of the Daily Office is Morning and Evening Prayer, which priests promise to say faithfully at their ordination, and can be expanded with Midday Prayer and Night Prayer (often known as Compline).

The Church of England has brought this tradition into the 21st Century with the popular Church of England Daily Prayer app and website, which contains Morning, Evening and Night Prayer with all correct readings in collects according to both Common Worship and the Book of Common Prayer. It can be accessed at

The same site also has the form for midday prayer.

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