The Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut

ECCT Cycle of Prayer (starts 1 Advent)

The 2017-2018 cycle of prayer is available as a PDF here. 

Thank you for joining your prayers with others in our common witness as the Episcopal Church in Connecticut.

 Date - Parishes
Wider witness and ministries

Dec. 3 2017 (1 Advent, New cycle begins)

Dec 3: Christ Church, Ansonia; St. Paul’s, Bantam
Postulants and candidates for Holy Orders; the Commission on Ministry and its members

Dec. 10: Christ Church, Bethany; St. Thomas’, Bethel; Christ Church, Bethlehem; Old St. Andrew’s, Bloomfield
For the children of the world, the Bishops’ Fund for Children, and all ECCT ministries for children at risk

Dec. 17: St. Stephen’s, Bloomfield; St. George’s, Bolton; Trinity, Branford
Those who advocate at the local, state, national, or global level for the poor, the lonely, and the oppressed

Dec 24: Calvary St. George’s, Bridgeport; St. Luke/St. Paul, Bridgeport; St. John’s, Bridgeport
Ministries to the homeless, for parishes that offer a temporary or permanent shelter. For Chapel on the Green, New Haven, Church by the Pond, Hartford, and all Ecclesia ministries. For the ministry of the Midnight Runs.

Dec. 31: St. Mark’s, Bridgeport; St. Mark’s, Bridgewater; St. John’s, Bristol
For soup kitchens and food pantries

Jan. 7, 2018: Grace Church, Broad Brook; St. Paul’s, Brookfield; Trinity, Brooklyn
For all immigrants, refugees and the ministries that serve them, especially IRIS - Integrated Refugee and Immigrant Services, New Haven

Jan. 14: St. Peter’s, Cheshire; Holy Advent, Clinton; Trinity Church, Collinsville; St. James’, Danbury
Wardens, treasurers, clerks, and all vestry members; elected delegates; annual parish meetings

Jan. 21: All ecumenical and interfaith endeavors involving our congregations and people; for peace and peacemakers

Jan. 28: St. Alban’s, Danielson; Saint Luke’s, Darien; St. Paul’s, Darien;
Ministry to, with, and for the deaf

Feb. 4: Immanuel St. James, Derby; Epiphany, Durham; St. Gabriel’s, East Berlin; St. Stephen’s, East Haddam
Comite Hispano , Spanish‐language Cursillo, Latino/Hispanic ministry in CT

Feb. 11: All Saint’s, East Harford; Christ & the Epiphany, East Haven; St. John’s, East Windsor
The Haitian Ministry Network; Haitian ministry in the Episcopal Church in Connecticut

Feb 18: LENT 1: Christ’s Church, Easton; Holy Trinity, Enfield; St. John’s, Essex; St. Paul’s, Fairfield
The Union of Black Episcopalians CT; all ministries of racial reconciliation and racial justice

Feb 25: St. Timothy’s, Fairfield; Trinity/St. Michael’s, Fairfield; St. James’, Farmington
All parish-based mission partnerships; ECCT‐wide mission partnership networks; the Companions in Mission Network

Mar. 4: St. David’s, Gales Ferry; St. James’, Glastonbury; St. Luke’s, Glastonbury; Christ Church, Greenwich
Prison ministry and prison chaplains; the ECCT Faith Behind Bars & Beyond Ministry Network

Mar. 11: St. Barnabas’, Greenwich; Christ Church, Guilford; St. John’s, Guilford
The Connecticut Episcopal Clergy Association (ConnECA), clergy peer groups, and the Clergy Family Assistance Program

Mar. 18: Grace & St. Peter’s, Hamden; Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford; Good Shepherd, Hartford
Bishops, ECCT staff, and parish employees, and their families

Mar. 25: PALM SUNDAY: Grace Church, Hartford; St. Martin’s, Hartford; St. Monica’s, Hartford
Clergy whose work is not in parishes; multi‐vocational priests; clergy of ECCT whose ministry is carried out in other countries or dioceses

Apr. 1: EASTER: Trinity, Hartford; St. Peter’s, Hebron; St. James’, Higganum; All Saints’, Ivoryton
Collaborative ministries and Ministry Networks; ECCT Regions and Region Missionaries

Apr. 8: St. Andrew’s, Kent; Emmanuel, Killingworth; Trinity, Lime Rock; St. Michael’s, Litchfield
ECCT Joint Leadership members of the Mission Council, Missionary Society, Standing Committee, Commission on Ministry and Donations & Bequests

Apr. 15: St. Andrew’s, Madison; St. Mary’s, Manchester; St. Andrew’s, Marble Dale; All Saints’, Meriden
The Program & Budget Committee

Apr. 22: St. Andrew’s, Meriden; Christ Church, Middle Haddam; St. George’s, Middlebury; Holy Trinity, Middletown
Hospital chaplains; Stephen Ministers; other pastoral care groups; ministries of healing; parish nurses; wellness programs; recovery ministries

Apr. 29: St. Andrew’s, Milford; St. Peter’s, Milford; Trinity, Milton
Parishes in transition, transition teams, and interim clergy

May 6: St. Peter’s, Monroe; St. Mark’s, Mystic; St. Michael’s, Naugatuck
Retirement communities, especially Seabury and Armsmear; chaplains at retirement communities

May 13: St. Mark’s, New Britain; St. Mark’s, New Canaan; Christ Church, New Haven
Parish prayer groups; intercessory prayer chains

May 20: PENTECOST: St. James’, New Haven; St. John’s, New Haven; St. Luke’s, New Haven
Communication, digital ministry, online social networks

May 27: St. Paul & St. James, New Haven; St. Thomas’, New Haven; Trinity, New Haven; St. James, New London
Camp Washington: staff, board, counselors, and campers

June 3: St. John’s, New Milford; Grace Church, Newington; Trinity, Newtown; St. John’s, Niantic
Companions in Mission for Publishing & Communication, Education for Ministry leaders and students

June 10: Zion, North Branford; St. John’s, North Haven; St. Andrew’s, Northford; Christ Church, East Norwalk
Students of all ages who are graduating

June 17: Iglesia Betania, Stamford; St. Paul’s, Norwalk; Christ Episcopal, Norwich; All Saints’, Oakville
Environmental ministry networks, eco‐justice work; community gardens

June 24: St. Saviour’s, Old Greenwich; St. Ann’s, Old Lyme; Grace Church, Old Saybrook; Good Shepherd, Orange
Summer chapels in Norfolk and Fenwick; summer outdoor worship services; Vacation Bible Schools, parish-based summer camp programs and mission trips

July 1: The 79th General Convention of The Episcopal Church, meeting July 5 – 13 in Austin, TX

July 8: St. Peter’s, Oxford; Christ Church, Oxford; St. John’s, Pine Meadow; St. Paul’s, Plainfield;
Military chaplains, the men and women who serve our country

July 15: Church of Our Saviour, Plainville; Christ Church, Pomfret; Trinity, Portland; St. James’, Poquetanuck; St. Philip’s, Putnam
ECCT and parish committees on investments, stewardship, planned giving, insurance, and personnel policy

July 22: Christ Church, Redding; St. Stephen’s, Ridgefield; St. Paul’s, Riverside; St. Andrew the Apostle, Rocky Hill
Committees, staff, and volunteers who oversee and maintain buildings and grounds

July 29: Christ Church, Roxbury; St. John’s, Salisbury; Trinity, Seymour; Christ Church, Sharon
Parish office volunteers; Curates; seminary interns; parish assistants and associates; missional curacies

Aug. 5: Good Shepherd, Shelton; St. Paul’s, Shelton; St. Alban’s, Simsbury
The Cathedral’s ministry in Hartford; the Cathedral Chapter; honorary canons of the Cathedral

Aug 12: St. Peter’s, South Windsor; Epiphany, Southbury; St. Paul’s, Southington
Liturgical assistants serving in parishes: lectors, lay readers, Eucharistic ministers, Eucharistic visitors, lay evangelists, and vergers

Aug 19: Fresh expressions of the church in Connecticut; missional experiments
Students preparing to enter schools, colleges, universities, and seminaries; school, college, and university chaplains; all campus ministries; the Higher Education Ministry Network

Aug 26: Kent School; South Kent School, Pomfret School, Salisbury School, Wooster School, Rectory School; St. Thomas Day School, New Haven, Trinity Academy, Hartford; the Episcopal Church at Yale; the Episcopal Church at UCONN, Storrs; Berkeley Divinity School, New Haven, Trinity College, Hartford.

Sept. 2: Trinity, Southport; Grace Church, Stafford Springs; Church of Christ the Healer, Stamford
Church musicians: organists; choirs and choir directors; bands; community chorister programs; parish committees on liturgy, music, and worship; Music, Liturgy, and the Arts Ministry Network

Sept. 9: L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie, Stamford; St. Andrew’s, Stamford; St. Francis’, Stamford
Those involved in the ministry of education for Christian formation in parishes; church school and youth group directors, teachers, and mentors; for adult education leaders

Sept. 16: St. John’s, Stamford; Calvary, Stonington; St. Mark’s, Storrs
The Province of New England: the Dioceses of Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Western Massachusetts; their bishops, clergy, parish and diocesan staff, and congregations; Provincial Synod; all Provincial Networks

Sept. 23: Christ Church, Stratford; Trinity, Tariffville; St. Peter’s/Trinity, Thomaston; Trinity, Torrington
Children and Children’s ministries; Rhythms of Grace, Grace2Go, and other ministries for children with special needs

Sept. 30: Christ Church, Trumbull; Grace Church, Trumbull; Trinity, Trumbull
Youth and youth ministries; J2A, Confirm Not Conform, and all other confirmation classes and other programs that challenge youth to grow in their faith & discipleship

Oct. 7: St. John’s, Vernon; St. Paul’s, Wallingford; St. John’s, Washington
For all companions and service animals, all livestock & wild animals, great and small

Oct. 14: Christ Church, Waterbury; St. John’s, Waterbury; Christ Church, Watertown
Young adults, young adult ministries, the Young Adult Ministry Network. The Episcopal Service Corps and the Young Adult Service Corps of The Episcopal Church. St. Hilda’s House, New Haven

Oct. 21: The 234th Annual Convention of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut, meeting Oct. 26-27 in Mystic, CT

Oct 28: All Saint’s, West Cornwall; St. James’s, West Hartford; St. John’s, West Hartford; St. Paul’s Mission of the Deaf, West Hartford
Diocesan Episcopal Church Women, Diocesan Altar Guild; local ECW chapters and parish altar guilds

Nov. 4: Holy Spirit, West Haven; St. Paul’s, Westbrook; Emmanuel, Weston
All deacons; the Deacons’ Council.

Nov. 11: Christ & Holy Trinity, Westport; Trinity, Wethersfield; St. Paul’s, Willimantic, St. Matthew’s, Wilton
Women’s ministries, Anglican Women’s Empowerment

Nov. 18: St. Paul’s, Windham; Grace Church, Windsor; St. James’, Winsted; All Saints’, Wolcott
Ministries with older adults; The Girl’s Friendly Society, the Brotherhood of St. Andrew, and the Daughters of the King

Nov. 25: St. Paul’s, Woodbury; St. John the Evangelist, Yalesville; Grace Church, Yantic
The health and well‐being of persons employed by The Episcopal Church; the Presiding Bishop and the President of the House of Deputies of The Episcopal Church.

Dec. 2, 2018 (1 Advent, new Cycle of Prayer begins)

* About this cycle of prayer: Connecticut has long had a cycle of prayer, to pray for its parishes. It started on the last Sunday in August. Wider ministries were sometimes added. This revised diocesan cycle of prayer started officially on 1 Advent 2011 to coincide with the church year. It included the first significant revisions in more than 15 years. There have always been multiple parts: a cycle of the individual parishes, a cycle of wider witness and ministries; and a cycle of prayer for our official mission partner, when we have one. Each year this cycle of prayer is updated with correct calendar dates and a few other adjustments to match the liturgical and/or ECCT calendars, and any specific mission partners or ECCT-wide prayers. 
-- Karin Hamilton