All you need to know to join the 40 Days Prayer Vigil

ANNOUNCEMENT: Our vigil will be transitioning to a virtual vigil from this Monday 16th at 8am. More detail below, including a new daily Zoom for us to pray & meditate together, and how you can sign up on the same rota we’ve been using to join us from wherever you are.

2020 is such a vital year for the future of life on life on our planet. This lent we are showing our love for our Creator by carrying out a 40 days prayer vigil. Up until the 15th March, this vigil took place outside of the Houses of Parliament however recently the vigil team met online and, after careful reflection and discussion, decided to transition our faith vigil to a ‘virtual’ vigil.

There’s a growing consensus among scientists that ‘social distancing’ is the best way of delaying the spread of the coronavirus and keeping our health services from becoming overwhelmed. And so, to protect our loved ones and all those most vulnerable, we’ll be closing our physical vigil outside Parliament. This will happen at the end of Helen’s shift at 8am this Monday the 16th of March. If you can make it along for a simple closing ceremony, please do turn up at this time, or at any time before then to say goodbye to this sacred space which has served us so well.

I am sure that some of you will be sad to have not made it up to the physical vigil, especially those of you who’ve already signed up for shifts in future days or weeks. We will be back (maybe at COP26 in November if not before?). It has been an honour to participate, and many participants had a deeply sacred experience of their time at the vigil. Those ripples will continue rippling out.

So, onto the exciting news – this provides us with a rather wonderful opportunity. All of you who’ve been joining us from home, for whatever reason, are now completely included in our vigil as we go forwards with people praying and meditating from their homes (or gardens!). We’ll use the same rota (https://www.24-7prayer.com/signup/68b291) – do sign up for an hour or more – we’d like to continue throughout the night and the more the merrier. Please put your name and your location (ie Satya – Malvern UK) so we have a sense of who we’ll be joining in prayer & meditation.

We’ll also be offering a daily Zoom at 9pm for half an hour-ish, which will be led by members of different faith communities each night. It’ll include time at the start for a brief check in, and some silent space for us to practice in our own traditions. If you’re willing to lead one or more of these, do message 07900 605055 as we are setting up a new Whatsapp group for leaders. No need to do anything ‘fancy’ – just leading some check-ins and offering some quiet time is fine.

I have been so inspired by you all. We’ve already created a pretty special group, with lovely links between people of different faiths, denominations, ages, locations, occupations… let’s start expanding that outwards. If you have any friends who’d be interested in taking part in the vigil from afar, do send then to this group.

We’ll post the link for the Monday Zoom soon.

With much love, stay safe our there,

Satya and the vigil team

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