At the start of Advent 2017, Bishop Peter launched a Year of Prayer and Vocation, hoping to make us aware of our vocation as disciples of Jesus and to deepen our friendship with Him.
A DVD message was shown in all parishes on the first weekend of Advent, urging us to use Advent as a time of preparation for the second coming of Jesus. An excerpt from the DVD can be seen below:
During this year we are invited, as a diocese to renew our commitment to personal prayer. As we set out together let us ask God for the grace each day to hear and follow his call.
Prayer of Richard of Chichester
Thanks be to you, our Lord Jesus Christ,
for all the benefits which you have given us.
For all the pains and insults
which you have borne for us.
Most merciful Redeemer, Friend and Brother,
may we know you more clearly,
love you more dearly,
and follow you more nearly,
day by day. Amen
Will you come and follow me
If I but call your name?
Will you let me answer prayer
In you and you in me?
John Bell & Graham Maule