John Longhurst was the moderator at a communications and journalism conference I attended on Friday. Before our first session he led us in The Journalists’ Prayer. I had no idea there was a special prayer for journalists. Longhurst talked about its history briefly and piqued my curiosity. I decided to learn more about it. The prayer can be found in St. Brides Church on Fleet Street in London.
The church was built by Sir Christopher Wren. It was severely damaged by World War II bombs but was later restored. Since England’s national newspapers were once headquartered on Fleet Street St. Brides became the parish for many of the country’s journalists.
St. Bride’s Church has an altar which holds photographs of journalists and photographers killed while doing their jobs. The altar is engraved with the Scripture passage from John 1: 14- And the word was made flesh and dwelt among us. A plaque on the altar has a A Prayer for Journalists. Every Sunday a group of churchgoers at St. Bride’s take time after the service to pray for the journalists covering the trouble spots around the world.
A Prayer For Journalists
“Almighty God, strengthen and direct, we pray, the will of those of us whose work it is to write what many read, and to speak where many listen. May we be bold to confront evil and injustice: understanding and compassionate of human weakness; rejecting alike the half-truth which deceives, and the slanted word which corrupts.
May the power which is ours, for good or ill, always be used with honesty and courage, with respect and integrity, so that, when all here has been written, said and done, we may, unashamed, meet Thee face to face, through Jesus Christ our Lord, Amen.”
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