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Care of Our Souls - reading, prayer, resources

There is a wealth of resources which we can use to enrich our spiritual journey:  
  • Bible reading
  • Prayer at home
  • Spiritual reading
  • Places to visit for quiet days and Retreats
We have tried to gather here some recommendations...


 Daily Bible readings (Week beginning 20 May)

Mon: Deuteronomy 16:1-20; 1 Peter 1:1-12

Tues: Deuteronomy 17:8-end; 1 Peter 1:13-end Wed: Deuteronomy 18:9-end; 1 Peter 2:1-10

Thurs: Deuteronomy 19; 1 Peter 2:11-end

Fri: Deuteronomy 21:22-22:8; 1 Peter 3:1-12

Sat: Deuteronomy 24:5-end; 1 Peter 3:13-end

Daily Bible readings (Week beginning 27 May)

Mon: Deuteronomy 26; 1 Peter 4:1-11

Tues: Deuteronomy 28:1-14; 1 Peter 4:12-end 

Wed: Deuteronomy 28:58-end; 1 Peter 5

Thurs: ASCENSION Acts1:1-13; Luke 24:44-end

Fri: Deuteronomy 29:2-15; 1 John 1:1-2:6


 Deanery Prayer Cycle(Week beginning 19 May) 

Please pray for the retired clergy of the Deanery, including Rita Ball, George Carey, John Coombs, Dee Dawes, Trevor Dorey, Dick Douglas, Graham Foulis-Brown, Michael Harley, Pam McKellen, Trevor Maines, Piers Nash-Williams, Martin Partridge, Caroline Robinson, Bill Stewart, Patrick Whitworth, Pat Willis, David Winter and Margaret Yates.

 Deanery Prayer Cycle (Week beginning 26 May) 

Today we pray for our own East Downland Benefice; for John, Denise, Douglas and William and for our common life of faith and witness.


Prayers for Mission

For the Buildings group 

 Loving God, your Son taught that all we have is held in trust from you: help us to be faithful stewards of the gifts we have received and especially the buildings in which we gather to work and worship. Grant that we may preserve and improve them for future generations, and strive to use all we have for the work and mission of your Kingdom in this benefice, to your praise and glory. We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.

 For the Community group

O Lord, let the Church be truly your body in the world, the Christ-community directed by you, its head, infused with your Spirit, loving and serving all as you did when you lived our human life. Help us to give ourselves for the world, so that all may have the priceless treasure of your grace and love. Amen.

For the Youth and Children’s group.

Loving God, your Son told his disciples that they should become like little children. Lead us to work for the faith, welfare and protection of all young people. May we respect their dignity that they may flourish in life, following the example of the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 Our Mission Prayer God of new beginnings, we pray that you will transform your church as you renew us by your love. Give us vision for the journey that we may travel light and live increasingly by faith. Inspire, enliven and empower us, so that along the Way we may be sustained by the life of Christ in ourselves, in one another and in the world. Amen.



Tokens of Trust - Rowan Williams ISBN 1853118036

Joy of Heaven - Springs of Christian Spirituality - Benedicta Ward: ISBN 0281054967

Praying the Eucharist - Charles Miller: ISBN 0281048487

Love alone is credible - Hans Urs von Balthasar: ISBN 089708818

The Prayers & Meditations of St Anselm - Benedicta Ward [Penguin classic] ISBN 0140442782

Be Still & Know - Michael Ramsey 

In Company with Christ - Benedicta Ward ISBN 0281057249

Images of Hope - Joseph Ratzinger [Pope Benedict XVI] ISBN 0898709643

The Imitation of Christ - Thomas a Kempis

Rhythm of Life - David Adam: ISBN 0281048932

Mere Christianity - C. S. Lewis

St Bonaventura - the Journey of the Mind to God

St Augustine - Confessions [Penguin classic]

Christ the Golden Blossom - Douglas Dales: ISBN 185311376X

Glory Descending - the spiritual theology of Michael Ramsey - ed. Douglas Dales: ISBN 9781853116300

A mind intent on God [Alcuin] - tr. Douglas Dales: ISBN 9781853115707

Quiet Places:
  • Douai Abbey www.douaiabbey.org.uk  
  • others to be added...