VIRUS: POPE INVITES SCOTS TO JOIN HIM IN PRAYER

Pope Francis, the Right Rev Colin Sinclair, First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and the Duke of Buccleuch, High Commissioner of the Church of Scotland.

Christians across Scotland are being encouraged to join others around the world in saying the Lord’s Prayer at 11am on Wednesday.

The move comes in response to an invitation from Pope Francis sent to all Christian leaders in which he asks that we invoke “together the graces from heaven” and ask “for the end of this pandemic”.

In a joint letter, 11 Christian denominations across the country, including the Church of Scotland, have pledged to take part.

The Right Rev Colin Sinclair, Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland, welcomed the move.

He said: “At a time when normal life is falling apart it is wonderful when Christians come together.

“The Lord’s prayer is a wonderfully comprehensive prayer and within it can be found all we need to say.

“I warmly commend Pope Francis’ call for churches around the world to unite in this way.”

Those taking part in Scotland include the Roman Catholic Church, the Church of Scotland, the Scottish Episcopal Church, the United Free Church, the United Reformed Church, the Baptist Union of Scotland, the Methodist Church, Congregational Federation in Scotland, the Salvation Army, the Church of the Nazarene, and Redeemed Christian Church of God.

You are encouraged to use whichever version that you feel most comfortable with.

The Lord’s Prayer 

Our Father, who art in heaven,  hallowed be thy name;  thy kingdom come; thy will be done;  on earth as it is in heaven.  Give us this day our daily bread.  And forgive us our debts,  as we forgive our debtors.  And lead us not into temptation;  but deliver us from evil.  For thine is the kingdom,  the power and the glory,  forever.  Amen.

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