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24/05/2010 / John Hanna

God and the World Cup

God and the World Cup

A series of prayers written by the Bishop of Croydon, the Right Reverend Nick Baines have been published on the Church of England site.

The first hopes fans will find the tournament a “source of celebration”.

Another, written for those with no interest in the game, asks that they may be granted “the gift of sympathy”.

This is what they say:

Prayers for all those involved in the World Cup

Lord of all the nations, who played the cosmos into being,

guide, guard and protect all who work or play in the World Cup.

May all find in this competition a source of celebration,

an experience of common humanity and

a growing attitude of generous sportsmanship to others.


God of the nations, who has always called his people to be a blessing for the world, bless all who take part in the World Cup.

Smile on South Africa in her hosting,

on the nations represented in competition and

on those who travel to join in the party.


A prayer for those simply not interested

Lord, as all around are gripped with World Cup fever,

bless us with understanding,

strengthen us with patience and

grant us the gift of sympathy if needed.


~ Nick Baines

I first heard about these on the BBC News site and I’m still undecided on them. What do you make of them? Gimmick or great?

Related Internet Links

  • BBC News / UK / Bishop of Croydon calls on God for World Cup help
  • Church of England Media Centre / The Church of England offers prayers for the World Cup

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