Iona Prayer Room opens as part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come


The Iona Prayer Room.

The parish of St Macartin’s Cathedral, Enniskillen, is opening its Iona Prayer Room in the Cathedral Hall each day from Thursday, 10th May until Sunday, 20th May to facilitate private prayer as part of “Thy Kingdom Come” initiative.

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, has encouraged people to make prayer a priority in their private and public worship and has endorsed and supported the “Thy Kingdom Come' initiative.

He wrote: “If we’re honest, most of us would admit that prayer is not always easy, or enjoyable, and rarely comes naturally. We struggle with distractions, anxious thoughts and commitments.

“Prayer is not about us making efforts to knock on the door of a God too busy or distant to listen, but instead, it is responding to a God who has already started the conversation with us. A God who wants nothing more than to spend time with us, help us grow, and surprise us,” he said.

The Dean of Clogher, the Very Revd Kenneth Hall said: “Prayer begins with presence. When we turn up, God is already there waiting to hear our concerns, share in our joys, and respond to our questions; he is there to listen, comfort, and encourage.”

“In recent years, the Archbishop has encouraged people to make prayer a priority in their private and public worship and has endorsed and supported the Thy Kingdom Come prayer initiative. This takes place every year in the 10 days prior to Pentecost beginning on Ascension Day; the period when the disciples were told to pray and await the coming of the Holy Spirit (see Acts 1).

“We wish to join with Christians around the world to pray “Thy Kingdom Come”, and we have organised a series of prayer initiatives to run between Thursday 10th May and Sunday 20th May. We do hope that you will join with us in prayer, either in the privacy of your own home, by spending time in the Iona Prayer Room, or joining us in public worship.

Thy Kingdom Come arrangements;

The Iona Prayer Room will be open daily from 10am until 7pm every day for private prayer.
• We encourage everyone to just turn up and pray for 15-30 minutes.
• Resources will be available to help those who want a time of structured prayer.

A service of Evening Prayer in the Iona Room
• This will take place every evening, except Sundays, beginning at 7pm.
• Sunday Evening Services will be held in St Macartin’s Cathedral at 7pm.

Thy Kingdom Come Prayer Letter
• A prayer letter outlining specific prayer points and Scripture readings will be available from Sunday 6th May and may be used by those who prefer to pray at home.