The Primates' Meeting was established in 1978 by Archbishop Donald Coggan (101st Archbishop of Canterbury) as an opportunity for “leisurely thought, prayer and deep consultation” and has met regularly since. The web site contains all the statements and communiqués from the 2003 2005 meetings, from the meeting held in Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania 2007 Alexandria, Egypt 2009 Dublin, Ireland 2011
Gracious and loving Father,
We thank You for the hope and faith of the Archbishop of Canterbury in inviting his colleagues to the meeting of this instrument.
We confess our individual and corporate roles in bringing the Communion to where she is today and ask for your forgiveness.
As the individual Primate prays and thinks over this invitation, we pray for them that Your Spirit will speak to each of them and that each Primate will respond as guided by the Holy Spirit. May they receive wise counsel from the bishops in their Provinces, and may the bishops themselves receive wise counsels from the lay and ordained members of their respective dioceses.
We pray that Primates will hear the voice of the Holy Spirit clearly and submit to Him as they respond to this letter. We pray that there will be a response with a high expectancy level from each Primate and that there will be an outcome that will bring glory and honour to our Lord, a restoration of Godly unity to the Communion and a new energy for the restoration of a renewed commitment to faithful witness in a continuingly secular world that is in contest with Kingdom values. We pray all this through our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
[Accompanying the invitation to the Primates’ Meeting in January 2016 Archbishop Josiah Idowu-Fearon]