Lex orandi, lex credendi -
the rule of praying is the rule of believing. 

Prosper of Aquitaine

Prayer Services at Urban Abbey

The ancient future of the Church is experienced as we choose to participate in liturgical rhythms that join our hearts to the pilgrims who journeyed before us and those currently following Jesus, all around the world!  

The six prayer services of Urban Abbey represent the sails we have fashioned for earthed creatures to catch the wind of the Spirit; that they might be swept toward Jesus.


Why Liturgy

Liturgies are, simply put, pathways to the presence of God.  By presence of God, we are referencing the “felt presence” or “face presence” of God.  The Psalmists and other ancients often reference this presence with words like these:  “Let the light of your face shine upon us, O LORD,” or again, “Restore us, O God; cause your face to shine; and we shall be saved.”
To learn more about liturgies and how to prepare for participation in this sort of a prayer service you are welcome to read through these documents.


Prayers at Fixed-Hours

Fixed-hour prayer is the oldest form of communal spiritual practice in the church.  The Psalmist said, “Seven times a day do I praise You” (Ps 119:164).  In ancient Judaism there was fixed-hour prayer.  In the Greco-Roman Empire these prayers were on a regimen in keeping with Roman commercialism. Forum bells at 6am (prime, or 1st hour), then mid-morning break at 9am (terce or 3rd hour), the noon meal and rest at 12pm (none or 9th hour), and the close of business at 6pm (vespers).  Addition of evening prayer (compline) was added around the 6th century.  
Fixed-Hour prayer is often referred to as the “divine office” or the “liturgy of the hours.”  Urban Abbey has written its own liturgy of the hours, we invite you to read our liturgies for each day of the week.

Liturgical prayer services at Urban Abbey occur six times per day. Please find the schedule listed below.
YOU ARE INVITED TO JOIN US!


Daily Prayer Services

Prime: 6 AM

We rise to greet the day. In the Name of Jesus we engage in Lectio Divina and prayer thereby we commemorate the resurrection of our Lord from the grave, as His night became day!

TERCE: 9AM

We rejoice in the Word of the Lord.
For the Sake of Jesus we do Psalms reading and pray to seek illumination of the Spirit to discern the direction of our day!

 

SEXT: 12PM

We cry out on behalf of the human family.
For the glory of Jesus, Lord of Sabbath, we listen to ancient poetry and intercede for humanity - that this tossed and restless sea would find rest in God!

NONE: 3PM

We intercede for the church of Thunder Bay.
In the fellowship of Jesus, we do Psalms reading and pray for the unity of the Christian family and the needs of our sisters and brothers around the city

 

VESPERS: 6PM

We pour out our hearts for the city of Thunder Bay.
Through the redemption of Jesus, we proclaim the Nicene Creed and pray for the peace and flourishing of all peoples in the great city that God has made!

COMPLINE: 9PM

We prepare to sleep in the arms of God.
In the Peace of Jesus, together, we end our day, singing the Lord’s song as exile in a strange land - praying, confessing our sins and reading scripture!


Answered Prayer

  • When I talked to the city about the architectural plans, city building official was excited about the prayer tower. Said it was like the ‘wailing wall’ but for Thunder Bay.
    — Carole Godecki, Architectural Technologist
  • A 22 year old friend from the street was recently assaulted by 3 individuals and taken to hospital. So thankful Urban Abbey can take him in and offer refuge. Hopefully for a few days or weeks!
    — Street Worker
  • I am humbled to accept a first fruits support from Urban Abbey towards Global Disciples, Canada.
    — Wendy Crowther
  • After your first email, my husband and I both came to the same answer, without discussion, that we would love to pay for the flooring project! We thank God that we can partner with you in His work in this way. Chq is in the mail…
    — Anonymous
  • I am so thankful to God that he has provided me with a job
    — Jordan Laarman
  • I have been accepted into the Counseling program at Providence University College
    — Sam Kakegamic
  • After many months I have finally had a break-through with God, I have been wondering why I could not hear from Him.  I have discovered I was angry with God
    — Anonymous
  • I am thankful for the second person coming to faith in Jesus Christ at the Abbey
    — Kimberley Morrison

Prayer Requests

We want to pray for you!

Please send your prayer requests to:

admin@urbanabbey.ca