Evensong to mark Prisons Week
October 17 @ 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm
On Thursday 17 October at 17:30 there is a special Evensong at the Cathedral to mark Prisons Week.
Free entry. All Welcome.
Come to experience this uplifting choral service dedicated to the needs of all those affected by prisons: prisoners and their families, victims of crime and their communities, those working in the criminal justice system and the many people who are involved in caring for those affected by crime on the inside and outside of our prisons.
Prisons Week Art Exhibition at the Cathedral can also be viewed during your visit. The exhibition features art by residents at North East prisons and runs from 9th to 22nd October.
ABOUT PRISONS WEEK
For forty years now, Prisons Week has prepared prayer literature to enable the Christian community, through individuals and churches, to pray for the needs of all those affected by prisons: prisoners and their families, victims of crime and their communities, those working in the criminal justice system and the many people who are involved in caring for those affected by crime on the inside and outside of our prisons.
Prisons Week raises awareness and generates prayer. It motivates volunteers to step forward and give their time and gifts, in prisons and in their own communities. It provides an annual focus and reason for Christians to work together, building capacity and motivation to make a difference for people who are out of sight and often out of mind.
Prisons Sunday – the second Sunday in October – marks the beginning of the week of prayer each year, running through until the following Saturday.
A WEEK OF PRAYER
Prisons Week aims to encourage prayer and awareness of the needs of prisoners and their families, victims of offenders, prisons staff and all those who care, reflected in the Prisons Week Prayer offered throughout the week:
Lord, you offer freedom to all people.
We pray for those in prison.
Break the bonds of fear and isolation that exist.
Support with your love prisoners and their families and friends,
prison staff and all who care.
Heal those who have been wounded by the activities
of others, especially the victims of crime.
Help us to forgive one another.
To act justly, love mercy and walk humbly together with Christ
in His strength and in His Spirit, now and every day. Amen.
Each day of the week, a new prayer brings into focus a different group affected by prison or criminal justice. Churches and individuals are also asked to reflect on what they might do or offer as part of their response, through the range of Christian agencies and charities involved in supporting Prisons Week.
The Cathedral Choir (or sometimes a visiting Choir) takes the principal part in this service, in which Psalms are sung, two readings are taken from the bible, the Song of Mary (Magnificat), the Song of Simeon (Nunc dimittis) and an anthem are sung, and prayers offered.
The congregation is invited to listen and let the music lift up the heart to God.
The traditional language of the Book of Common Prayer is used.
This service lasts between 45 minutes (weekdays) to 1 hour (Sundays).