Young Christian community will pray at Canterbury throughout Primates' meeting
8 Jan 2016
The new religious community for young Christians founded by Archbishop Justin Welby at his residence in London will be supporting the Primates’ meeting in prayer next week.
Seventeen members of the Community of St Anselm, which was launched at Lambeth Palace in London last year, will be praying in Canterbury Cathedral through the week as discussions take place between the Primates of the Anglican Communion.
“It’s a tremendous privilege to add our prayers to those of Jesus that all whom the Father has given him shall be one,” said the Revd Anders Litzell, Prior of the Community of St Anselm, which is open to young Christian men and women from all nations and every branch of the Christian family tree.
“As a community we had nothing in common at the start of this year except the unrelenting desire to be shaped into the likeness of Christ, by the Holy Spirit, to the glory of the Father.”
“So we have experienced on a small but personal scale the pain of division and disagreement. But we have also found real unity through the monastic virtues of humility under authority, mutual obedience, shared life and service to Christ in the face of the poor.”
He added: “It is a true joy to be praying for the face and voice of Jesus to be increasingly revealed in each Primate and Province. We’ll be praying for the whole Body of Christ to reflect the simultaneous humility and glory of the Crucified and Risen Christ. We are delighted to show our love for the Church in this way.”