The Right Reverend Nick Baines and the Reverend Peter Moger have joined forces to create three prayers in advance of the World Cup, due to take place in South Africa this June. Working from Church House, Westminster, as part of the “rapid response prayer unit”, three prayers have been created to cater for all. Entitled ‘A prayer for all those involved,’ ‘A prayer for the host nation’ and ‘A prayer for those just not interested’ the overarching aim appears to be one of inclusion, echoing and reflecting the “Rainbow Nation’s” own ethos.
As a long time Liverpool supporter, Nick Baines sees no incongruity in faith and football. Indeed, he stresses that:
‘More people go to church than go to football matches. But football games are one of the few occasions when people have a collective experience in the same place at the same time.’
Given the heightened emotions often aroused by “the beautiful game” these prayers may offer some relief from the tension that invariably accompanies support for the England team.
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