Clergy to collect prayers for Lent
Church of England clergy are taking to the streets as part of a prayer-collecting exercise to mark the start of the Lenten season.
The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu is joining other bishops visiting shopping centres and other locations to launch a new online prayer service www.sayoneforme.org for Lent.
The service will invite people to send in prayer requests with the prayers then said by churches and religious communities.
The site attracted nearly 1,000 online prayers when it was first launched during Lent last year with sickness, relationships and work the top concerns, according to the Church of England.
Prayers collected will be prayed later at services to mark Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent.
The 40-day Lenten period is traditionally marked by Christians through prayer, penitence, charitable giving and self-denial in preparation for Easter.
The Bishop of Dudley, the Rt Rev David Walker, said: "Lent is a time to turn to God to tell Him about your hopes, needs and concerns - and everyone posting a prayer at sayoneforme.org will know that others are praying their prayers with them and on their behalf."