Prayer for the Commonwealth



This prayer is adapted from one used in Westminster Abbey at ‘The Commonwealth Service: A Celebration of the Commonwealth‘ on 14th March 2016. I wrote it to accompany the raising of the Commonwealth Flag on Peterborough Town Hall on 13th March 2017.

We gather in the spirit of unity and diversity of our commonwealth.

We give you thanks, O Lord, for the faithful stewardship of Her Majesty the Queen,

and pray that you continue to grant her, 

and all who lead with her,

your blessing, wisdom and support.

We thank you, Father, for your image and likeness

that is equally bestowed upon all humanity.

As this flag flies above this city

so may the value, sacredness of every life

and the dignity of all humanity

fill every part of our communities.

Build bridges of hope and common cause in all our people;

to the benefit of all and the honour of your name.  Amen.


About Revd Canon Ian Black

Ian is Vicar of Peterborough, Canon Residentiary of Peterborough Cathedral and Rural Dean of Peterborough. He previously served for 10 years in Leeds, as Vicar of Whitkirk and as a member of the Chapter of Ripon Cathedral. He has also worked in Kent in Maidstone and as priest-in-charge of a group of parishes 10 miles north west of Canterbury. He was a Minor Canon of Canterbury Cathedral, a prison chaplain and Assistant Director of Post-Ordination Training for the Diocese of Canterbury. Prior to ordination Ian had a career in tax, both with the Inland Revenue as a PAYE Auditor and a firm of Chartered Accountants as a Tax Accountant. Ian is married with two sons. He is the author of three books of prayers: Prayers for all occasions (SPCK 2011), Intercessions for Years A, B & C (SPCK 2009) and Intercessions for the Calendar of Saints and Holy Days (SPCK 2005). His latest book is 'Follow me: living the sayings of Jesus (Sacristy Press 2017). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.
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