On Friday morning, prayer warriors from across the state will be on their knees praying for Bishop Elect Ian T. Douglas.
The 24-hour prayer vigil begins at 10 a.m. and will conclude Saturday morning before Douglas is consecrated as the 15th bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Connecticut.
The consecration will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Koeppel Community Sports Center at Trinity College in Hartford.
The Most Rev. Desmond Tutu, Anglican archbishop emeritus of Cape Town, South Africa will be the guest preacher and the presiding bishop of The Episcopal Church, the Most Rev. Katharine Jefferts Schori, will be the chief consecrator and will lead the service.
“When we consecrate a new bishop it is not only a significant event, but a new season for all of us in the diocese and we need and desire to mark that by prayer,” said Rev. Janet Waggoner, of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Shelton.
“We’re asking people to lift up not only our Bishop Elect Ian Douglas, but the entire diocese and to pray with intention for our renewed ministry, both from within the diocese and into the world,” she said.
She explained that churches from across Connecticut have signed up online to commit to one hour of prayer for 24 hours. That means, she said, some people have agreed to pray for Douglas overnight.
The idea of the online prayer vigil was born in 2007 when Rev. Laura J. Ahrens was consecrated as suffragan bishop of the diocese.
“Through this there’s a wonderful sense of the covering of prayer and it encompasses the whole diocese,” Waggoner said, “so if you map it out there’s all sorts of various places and times where people are praying in all corners of the Connecticut diocese for this central activity and event.”
She added that the vigil is a powerful way for people to connect who are unable to be at the consecration.
As of Thursday morning, 18 churches had signed up for the vigil and spots were still available for Friday night and early Saturday morning. Churches can sign up online here.