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Prayers of Love and Faith available for use from Sunday

First published on: 13th December 2023

A selection of readings and prayers of thanksgiving, dedication and asking for God’s blessing for same-sex couples can be used in Church of England services for the first time from Sunday 17th December 2023, following approval by the House of Bishops. 

The final texts of Prayers of Love and Faith, commended for use in regular public worship or private prayer have been published together with pastoral guidance which sets out how they could be used. 

At a meeting held online on Tuesday 12th December, the House of Bishops confirmed its earlier decision to commend the Prayers of Love and Faith resources for use in regular public worship and agreed that this should take effect from Sunday December 17. The Prayers can be used in regular scheduled services, such as a Sunday Eucharist or Evensong. 

The House also continued to discuss separate proposals for special standalone services for same-sex couples to be formally authorised under canon law. This follows a motion agreed by General Synod in November calling on the bishops to consider whether standalone services for same-sex couples could be made available for use on a trial basis.

The Prayers of Love and Faith were developed as part of the outcome of seven years of listening, learning and discernment known as Living in Love and Faith.

The House of Bishops has said it will consider pastoral provision to protect the conscience of those who wish to use the Prayers and of those who do not. It is intended that there will be a process of consultation regarding the provision to ensure that whatever is agreed serves to promote unity and has broad support across the Church.

Useful documents 

What is Living in Love and Faith (LLF)?

Christian teaching and learning about identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage.

Living in Love and Faith is the most extensive research into this area by any church, and was designed to enable a period of church-wide learning and engagement during 2021 and 2022. The materials are still available and we commend them to every church that wants to explore identity, sexuality, relationships and marriage. In January 2023, the College of Bishops proposed allowing blessings for same-sex unions. The proposals, which would enable same-sex couples to come to church after a civil marriage or civil partnership to give thanks, dedicate their relationship to God and receive God’s blessing were welcomed by General Synod. 

The deadline for offering feedback has passed, but the LLF course materials remain available to use. These materials are useful for churches to use to together to discuss faith, marriage, sexuality, and gender. Those who haven't yet run the course can do so at a time that suits them. All course material is available for free when you register on the LLF hub. There are also printed copies of the course booklet which you can purchase from Church House Publishing.


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