Join a Global Prayer Initiative on 13 – 23 May 2021
Thy Kingdom Come 2021
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his year’s Thy Kingdom Come will take place on 13 – 23 May 2021. Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement that invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus. This time of prayer for evangelisation taps into the first novena we have in the Catholic Church, the Pentecost Novena, traditionally prayed from the Ascension to Pentecost for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit.

Thy Kingdom Come offers us to the opportunity to pray alongside our brothers and sisters from other Christian denominations for people to come closer to Christ. We can do this using the prayers of our own tradition, by going to Mass, or exploring other Catholic forms of prayer.

Praying for Five

We hope to inspire and enable practising Catholics to pray for evangelisation – specifically praying for five members of their family or friends to come closer to Christ – as they pray ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ from the Ascension to Pentecost. During the novena think of five friends, family, neighbours, who may be away from the Church, or have yet to discover the love offered them by Jesus. Simply pray for them throughout the day and ask for the guidance of the Holy Spirit for them.

Bishop Mark O’Toole, Chair of the Bishops’ Conference’s Department for Evangelisation and Discipleship, is supporting ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ and urges Catholics to engage with those who, for whatever reason, no longer come to Church or have never done so:

Bishop Mark O'Toole

“In the weeks leading up to that nine days, have a think about your family, your work colleagues, your friendship circle. Think about five people whom you might begin to have a conversation with about your faith in Jesus Christ. It might be somebody who, during this time of the pandemic, has given up the practise of their faith or somebody who’s searching for deeper meaning because of the experience of disease and death in this past year.

“I think, especially, we want to pray for those five people during the nine days of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost and then in the period afterwards, maybe in July, when things have opened up a little more, look for an opportunity in the parish calendar, maybe a summer barbecue or a tea outside in the parish grounds that you could invite those five individuals to, so that they might begin to make a journey to encounter the Lord Jesus more deeply.”

In a year that has been beset by many personal challenges and worries, we hope that the resources below may provide you with spiritual nourishment and reflection to prepare more fully for the great feast of Pentecost. In addition, you can download a simple Prayer Journal (PDF) to support your personal prayer during the novena.

Pentecost Novena

A beautiful way to prepare ourselves for the joy of Pentecost, This resource is available as a download, booklet, or podcast.

Pray the Novena
Journey with Mary

This special playlist has been created for us to journey with Mary from the Ascension to Pentecost . What would we say, or share with Mary?

Make the Journey
For Families

There are some delightful resources to help families, particularly those with young children praying Thy Kingdom Come (external website).

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