Author Archives: Revd Canon Ian Black

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). He has been writing online since the mid 1990s.

Silence for Manchester

Today (25th May) is the feast of the Ascension and the beginning of the Thy Kingdom Come wave of prayer.  It is a day to be reminded that this is God’s world and we can have complete trust and confidence … Continue reading

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Praying for Manchester

Today (Tuesday 23rd May) I led prayers at a vigil in Peterborough city centre for those affected by the bomb attack in Manchester yesterday (Monday 22nd May). No one I have spoken to today has not been affected and deeply … Continue reading

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Thy Kingdom Come: Pledge to Pray

There is a longstanding tradition of seeing the days between the Feasts of Christ’s Ascension and the Day of Pentecost as a time of prayer looking forward to the gift of the Holy Spirit. It is a time of watching … Continue reading

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Never give up on you: Eurovision and trusting the way of Christ

Did you watch the Eurovision Song Contest last night? Are you one of the millions who call friends round, with a few bottles, and sit down in front of the telly for a fest of, well, something that is in … Continue reading

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Vocation Sunday: affirming the sacred in human life

There is a challenge, which I find particularly hard to do. It is to see if you can reduce your job, or any role you have, down to just a few words. I find it hard because there are so … Continue reading

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APCM Address 2017

Parents taking their children out of school during term time for holidays have been in the news recently, not least because of a court case. There are times when this is necessary, but every school I have been involved with … Continue reading

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Journey to a village named Hot Spring

The story of Jesus meeting two disciples on the road to Emmaus, our gospel reading (Luke 24:13-35), is a wonderful but difficult story. Only Luke has this story, and no one seems to know where Emmaus is, just that it … Continue reading

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