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Praying Around the Province

JMECA offers you this monthly prayer cycle for the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East and the Province of Alexandria, home to the three Abrahamic faiths, centre of the world’s political conflicts, asks for your prayers.

1st The Presiding Bishop of the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, Most Revd Michael Lewis.


2nd The Archbishop, the Most Revd Suheil Dawani and his wife Shafeeqa. For wisdom as he leads the church in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon. His administrative staff and the Very Revd Canon Hosam Naoum, Dean of St. George’s Cathedral.

3rd The clergy serving the parishes and institutions in Israel, Palestine, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon and the congregations who keep the faith and sustain the churches in troubled times.

4th The hospitals and centres that tend the sick: the Diabetic Clinic Ramallah, St Luke’s Hospital Nablus, the Alhi Arab hospital Gaza, and the Penman Clinic, Zebabdeh.

5th The schools that prepare the next generation: St George’s Jerusalem, the International School Jerusalem, the Arab Episcopal School Ramallah, the Vocational Training Centre Ramallah, Christ’s School Nazareth, St John’s School Haifa, the Ahliyyah School for Girls, the Bishop’s Kindergarten and the Bishop’s School for Boys Amman, the Schneller Vocational Training Institute Amman, St Saviour’s School Zerqa, St John Baptist School for Integration of the Blind Irbid, and St George’s School Lod.

6th The centres of healing: the Jerusalem Princess Basma Centre, the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf Salt, the Jofeh Community Rehabilitation Centre Jordan Valley, the Father Andeweg Institute for the Deaf Beirut, St Luke’s Centre for the Mentally Disabled Beirut, the Home for the Elderly Amman, the Episcopal Home for Children Ramallah.

7th The guest houses that provide hospitality and refreshment for pilgrims and all visitors: St George’s Jerusalem, St Margaret’s Nazareth, St Andrew’s Ramallah, the Schneller Institute Amman and Christ Church Jerusalem.

8th Those who work for peace: the Peace and Reconciliation Movement, Kids4Peace, Sabeel and people from all sides who seek peace and pursue it.

9th St George’s College Jerusalem and its courses: the Dean, the Very Revd Richard Sewell and his wife Julieann, the Course Director, the Revd Mary June Nestler and the Chaplain, the Revd Joseph Rivers and their families. The full staff list.

Almighty God, from whom all thoughts of truth and peace proceed, kindle, we pray, in the hearts of all your people the true love of peace.


10th The search for a Bishop for Iran and wisdom for those who seek the new bishop ; the three deacons and others who take leadership roles.

11th The political leadership of the nation. The wellbeing of all people in Iran.

12th The congregations of the Episcopal Church in Isfahan (its suburb Julfa), Tehran & Shiraz. The cities where congregations have worshipped in past years – Kerman, Yazd, Ahwaz.

13th All involved in ministry among Iranians through media, literature, witness and leadership training.

14th The Diaspora of Iranian Christians scattered in many nations.

Guide with your pure and peaceable wisdom those who take counsel for the nations of the earth, that in tranquillity your kingdom may go forward, till the earth is filled with the knowledge of your love.


15th The Bishop, Most Revd Michael Lewis and his wife Julia. Georgia Katzantonis and the diocesan administrative staff.

16th The Dean of St Paul’s Cathedral Nicosia, the Very Revd Jeremy Crocker and his wife Beth. The Dean of St Christopher’s Cathedral Bahrain, the Very Revd Bill Schwartz and his wife Edith.

17th The Archdeacon in the Gulf, the Ven Bill Schwartz and his wife Edith, the Archdeacon in Cyprus, the Ven Christopher Futcher and his wife Anne.

18th The clergy and people of Cyprus in Nicosia, Kyrenia, Larnaca, Limassol, Paphos and Ammochostos. The work of the Katafiyio Retreat House.

19th The clergy and people of the Gulf in Bahrain, Abu Dhabi, Kuwait, Dubai, Sharjah and the Northern Emirates, Oman, Doha, Aden and the clinic at Ras Morbat, and the scattered congregations of the Arabian Peninsula who keep the faith privately.

20th The Church in Qatar and for Father Paul Davies who leads the mission of the Epiphany Centre. The congregation of Baghdad led by the Revd Faiz Jerjes. The people of Iraq, of all faiths, and all the Iraqi Christians who are sheltering in other lands.

21st The political leaders in Cyprus, Iraq and the Gulf States, that all may seek and create just and stable governments.

22nd The Friends of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.

Almighty and everlasting God, creator and giver of all good gifts, mercifully hear our prayers and grant to this diocese all things needful for its welfare.


23rd The President Bishop and Bishop of Egypt, the Most Revd Dr Mouneer Anis and his wife Nancy. All Saints’ Cathedral, Cairo and its staff. The diocesan administrative staff.

24th The Bishop in North Africa, the Rt Rev Dr Samy Fawzi Shehata and his wife Madeline.

25th Bishop Kuan Kim Seng, Commissary Bishop for the Horn of Africa Episcopal Area, and the clergy who serve the church day by day in Egypt, Libya, Algeria Tunisia and the Horn of Africa and the congregations who sustain them.

26th Bishop Rajan Jacob Area Bishop for Gambella, the Anglican Church in Ethiopia and all who serve there.

27th The institutions that serve the community: the Harpur Hospital in Cairo, the Health Centre in Sadat City, the Episcopal School Menouf, the work with the deaf, with refugees, with prisoners and in other areas of welfare and social need.

28th The Alexandria School of Theology in Alexandria and Cairo. Its Principal, the Rt Revd Dr Samy Fawzy Shehata and all his staff and students, that it may be a place of sound learning and good fellowship.

29th The Egypt Diocesan Association and all friends of the diocese.

Strengthen the faithful, protect the children, comfort the sick, uplift the fallenand bring us all to be of one heart and one mind within the fellowship of your holy church.

30th The Jerusalem and the Middle East Church Association. Its Chairman, Revd Canon Anthony Ball, and the Chair of the Standing Committee, Mr John Clark. The staff in the office in Farnham, Mrs Shirley Eason and Mrs Shirley Atkins. All whose gifts, past and present, sustain it.

Bring to our world of strife 

The sovereign word of peace 

That war may haunt the earth no more 

And desolation cease