The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu has started a week-long fast and vigil of ‘Hope and Trust for the Peace of the World’.
The Archbishop will be praying on the hour, every hour, from 6am to 6pm, from Sunday 24th August to Sunday 31st August 2014, in St John’s Chapel at York Minster.
In advance of his vigil, Dr Sentamu issued a statement appealing to all Christians in any part of the world to join him “in heart and mind for seven days of prayer and fasting for peace and justice in God’s World.”
He said: “Please join me in praying especially for those places in our global village devastated by militarism, idolatry (the worship of God wrongly conceived), dictatorships and abject poverty. One way of making our solidarity and commitment together to be instruments and makers of peace is to place white linen in our windows. All people of good will may do this! Be the change you want to see.”
Throughout the prayers, the Archbishop is encouraging individuals to have a white linen cloth at hand to serve as a reminder of peace.