Leader of Royal Black Institution Makes Prayer Appeal
The Sovereign Grand Master of the Royal Black Institution has appealed for members to unite their hearts and minds in prayer this weekend.
Rev William Anderson is urging Sir Knights to sit down with their family and pray earnestly to God in these uncertain times amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
“Palm Sunday, what a wonderful day to remember, of course, not only Jesus’ triumphant entry into Jerusalem, but the fact that He is still available for us today,” said Rev Anderson in a video message.
He urged people to consider the words of 2 Chronicles 7:14: “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.”
Rev Anderson said that taking time on Sunday at 7pm to pray was “an opportunity to humble ourselves before God and to seek forgiveness for our sins, as well as healing for our land”.
He was inspired by the success of the recent “Clap for Carers” initiative, which Rev Anderson described as a “wonderful” way to show our appreciation and support for the brave health workers of the NHS.
Rev Anderson has encouraged churches, politicians and the wider public to support his prayer appeal.
“I ask that you would come and join with us, throughout this land, that prayer may be heard in Heaven itself for this serious situation in which we find ourselves,” said Rev Anderson.
Anyone who wishes to join in our prayer time should do so in their own home – they should not leave their property.
Later this week, Rev Anderson will release a prayer which can be used as a guide. However, people are being encouraged to bring their own heartfelt words to God.
In his video message, the Sovereign Grand Master also appealed to Sir Knights to offer practical help and support to their local communities during the coronavirus crisis, including picking up the phone and making a call to friends and neighbours who might be feeling isolated at this time.
Last month, in a bid to assist government efforts to restrict the movement of people and reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus, the Royal Black Institution cancelled all meetings, events and services until further notice.