Prayer before a Mystery Play

IMG_4410We live in a visual age.  Drama, images and story-telling speak to us through all forms of media. Live theatre has a particular enchantment for exciting the imagination as it draws us into the story, as if present within it.

Our forebears knew this too.  The Mystery plays were a mechanism for communicating the stories of the Bible in an age when most people could neither read nor write.  Along with images in stained glass windows these brought the stories of a Latin Bible to life.

This prayer was written to welcome and introduce a Mystery Play, The Trials of Mary, performed by Eastern Angles at Peterborough Cathedral on Saturday 15th July 2017.


Mystery Play

God of mystery

you reveal yourself in the stories

of your saving love  at work in Jesus Christ.

May the retelling

ignite our imagination,

inspire our living

and renew us in hope;

through the same Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


© Ian Black 2017



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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