Catholic faithful urged to ‘get behind Thy Kingdom Come’
An international global ecumenical prayer campaign, which has the support of Cardinal Vincent Nichols, launches tomorrow (10th May) and runs until 20th May.
From the Ascension to Pentecost Christians of all denominations will be praying for the evangelisation of the people as part of Thy Kingdom Come.
This year, the Catholic Church of England and Wales has become even more involved with the initiative, which began as a simple invitation to prayer from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 but has since blossomed into a global movement bringing together hundreds of thousands of Christians from across the globe during this period.
Cardinal Vincent Nichols has endorsed the initiative and was recently interviewed by Archbishop Justin Welby as part of the video series ‘what do we mean when we pray Thy Kingdom Come?’ along with several other high profile Christian leaders.
Cardinal Nichols urged the Catholic community to get involved and said: “I am very pleased to invite you to join in this time of prayer as part of Thy Kingdom Come from 10th–20th May. We do this, with a deep realisation that our world is not right. But we do it with a profound hope, profound trust in the promises of Jesus, that His Kingdom will come and in that trust and hope we pray.”
Teresa Carvalho, Home Mission Development Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference, has spearheaded the Catholic Church’s involvement in this initiative. She said: “I am so excited about the Catholic Church’s involvement in this year’s Thy Kingdom Come. It is a pleasure to encourage and enable Catholics to take part in this time of prayer in anticipation of Pentecost since it is only through the action of the Holy Spirit that our efforts to share the good news of Jesus Christ will be fruitful. Catholic churches across the country are participating in the initiative, including several Beacon events at the end of the 11-day period of prayer.”
The Catholic Church has produced a range of fantastic resources for Thy Kingdom Come, and Pippa Baker from the Catholic Charismatic Renewal has also contributed to the initiative.
The resources this year include ‘Journey with Mary’ daily devotional podcasts read by notable Catholic voice Maria Rodrigues, presenter for Premier Christian radio, as well as a range of beautifully designed print resources including the Morning Prayer of the Church booklet.
More than 85 countries are taking part in this year’s event.
Visit www.thykingdomcome.global for more details.