If you have any suggested changes, appropriate prayers, or prayer requests, please send them to the Synod Office.   Send to: Diocese of Algoma
619 Wellington Street East
Sault Ste. Marie, Ont. P6A 2M6

Also see: Anglican Cycle of Prayer

Council of the North Cycle of Prayer

Diocese of Tarime parishes








2024 Cycle of Prayer


In addition to the recommendations in the Prayer Cycle below, you are encouraged to pray for Archbishop Anne on a regular basis. She can be named in petitions and biddings in any of the following ways:

Anne, Archbishop of Algoma

Anne, our Bishop

Anne, our Archbishop

Anne, our Archbishop and Metropolitan

Anne, Archbishop of Algoma and Metropolitan of Ontario

If you are also praying for the Primate, and/or the National Indigenous Archbishop, and/or the Archbishop of Canterbury, Archbishop Anne should be listed first. For example,

Anne, Archbishop of Algoma and Metropolitan of Ontario;
Linda, Primate of Canada;
Chris, National Indigenous Archbishop;
Justin, Archbishop of Canterbury


Archbishop’s motto for 2024


“Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work.”   2 Corinthians 9:7-8



Saturday, January 6th – Epiphany of the Lord


Sunday, January 7th – 1st Sunday after Epiphany:  Baptism of the Lord

Church of the Epiphany, Sudbury

The Rev. Dr. Elizabeth Green

The Rev. Rhonda Hirst (Hon.)

The Rev. Norm Blanchard (Deacon Associate)

Pray for the newly baptized and those preparing for baptism.


Sunday, January 14th – 2nd Sunday after Epiphany

St. George’s, Espanola

The Rev. Beverly Van der Jagt

Ecumenism throughout Algoma

**if your congregation shares in a particular ministry with a church of another denomination, if there is a local ministerial, or other ecumenical group in which the congregation participates, please name them and uplift them in prayer.

(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Begins – January 18th)

“You shall love the Lord your God…and your neighbour as yourself.”  (Lk 10:27)


Sunday, January 21st – 3rd Sunday after Epiphany

Gathering Table, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Ann Camber

(Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Ends – January 25th)


Sunday, January 28th – 4th Sunday after Epiphany

St. Mary’s, Powassan

St. John the Divine, North Bay

The Rev. Kevin McAllister

The Rev. Grant Churcher (Hon.)


St. Peter’s, Callander


Sunday, February 4th – 5th Sunday after Epiphany

Parish of West Thunder Bay

St. James’, Murillo

St. Mark’s, Rosslyn

The Rev. Jonathan Blanchard

The Rev. Canon Paul Carr (Hon.)

The Rev. Nancy Ringham (Hon.)

St. Thomas’, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Jonathan Blanchard


Sunday, February 11th – Last Sunday after Epiphany:  Transfiguration Sunday

St. Saviour’s, Blind River

Church of the Redeemer, Thessalon

The Rev. Thomas Ferris

The Rev. Canon Bob Elkin (Hon.)


Wednesday, February 14th – Ash Wednesday

Observance of a Holy Lent

Through self-examination, penance, prayer, fasting, almsgiving, and by reading and meditating on the Word of God.                   BAS 282


Sunday, February 18th – 1st Sunday in Lent

Christ Church, Lively

St. John the Divine, Copper Cliff

The Rev. Claire Miller


Sunday, February 25th – 2nd Sunday in Lent

Northern Lights Parish

St. Paul and St. John, Haileybury

St. James’, Cobalt

The Rev. Valerie Paterson

The Rev. Kate Scott (Deacon Assistant)


Friday, March 1st – World Day of Prayer


Sunday, March 3rd – 3rd Sunday in Lent

Parish of St. Joseph and St. George

Holy Trinity, Jocelyn

St. George’s, Echo Bay

The Chapel of the Intercession, Llewellyn Beach

The Rev. Susan Montague Koyle

The Rev. Canon Rosalie Goos (Hon.)

The Rev. Elizabeth Kingston (Deacon Associate)


Sunday, March 10th – 4th Sunday in Lent

Island Parish of Manitoulin

All Saints, Gore Bay

St. John the Evangelist, Kagawong

St. Paul’s, Manitowaning

St. Francis of Assisi, Mindemoya

Holy Trinity, Little Current

The Rev. Catherine Hazlitt

The Rev. Joyce Foster (Deacon Associate)


Sunday,March 17th – 5th Sunday in Lent

St. Thomas’, Bracebridge

Lake of Bays Parish

St. Ambrose’s, Baysville

St. James’, Port Cunnington

The Rev. Canon Phelan Scanlon (Interim)

The Rev. Margaret Morrison (Deacon Associate)

The Rev. Barbara Nangle (Hon. Emeritus)


Sunday, March 24th – The Sunday of the Passion:  Palm Sunday

St. Paul’s, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Gordon Holroyd (Hon.)

The Rev. Nancy Ringham (Assoc. Priest)

The Rev. Anne Carr (Deacon Associate)

The Rev. Rob Smith


Thursday, March 28th – Maundy Thursday

Prayers for those in our midst who will be baptized and those who are renewing (or have renewed this night) their baptismal commitment.


Friday, March 29th – Good Friday:  The Celebration of the Lord’s Passion

Refer to the BAS commencing at page 310


Saturday, March 30th – Holy Saturday

Pray for all those initiated into Christ’s Body, The Church, on this holiest of nights.


Sunday, March 31st – The Sunday of the Resurrection:  Easter Day

Emmaus, Sault Ste. Marie

The Rev. Holly Klemmensen

The Rev. Bruce McLeish (Hon.)


Sunday, April 7th – 2nd Sunday of Easter

St. Brice’s, North Bay

The Rev. Dr. Peter Armstrong

The Ven. Marie Loewen (Hon.)


Sunday, April 14th – 3rd Sunday of Easter

Parish of Muskoka Lakes

St. Mark’s, Milford Bay

St. John’s, Beaumaris

Christ Church, Gregory

St. James’, Port Carling

St. George’s, Port Sandfield



Sunday, April 21st – 4th Sunday of Easter – Good Shepherd Sunday

Parish of the Good Shepherd/Almaguin

Good Shepherd, Emsdale

St. John’s, Eagle Lake

St. George the Martyr, Magnetawan

The Rev. Catherine Murkin

The Rev. Canon Edna Murdy (Hon.-Emsdale)

Pray for Christian vocations and for candidates for ordained ministry.

Pray for Members of the Postulancy Commission

Pray for Pastoral Chaplains

The Rev. Canon Bob Elkin, Algoma

The Rev. Heather Manuel, Muskoka

The Rev. Rhonda Hirst, Sudbury-Manitoulin

The Ven. Linda White, Temiskaming

The Rt. Rev. Victoria Matthews, Thunder Bay-North Shore

The Rev. Canon Diane Hilpert-McIlroy, Diocesan


Sunday, April 28th – 5th Sunday of Easter

Parish of St. Stephen

Church of the Redeemer, Rosseau

St. Thomas’, Orrville

St. Thomas’, Ullswater/Bent River

The Rev. Peter Simmons

The Rev. Dr. Cal MacFarlane (Hon.)

This is the beginning of “Homelessness Week” in our Diocese.  Resources will be made available from our Social Justice Committee.


Sunday, May 5th – 6th Sunday of Easter

Christ Church, Windermere

The Rev. Judie Cooper


Thursday, May 9th – Ascension Day

Church of the Ascension, Sudbury

The Rev. Jeffery Hooper


**if your parish is not gathering on Ascension Day, prayers for Church of the Ascension, Sudbury, may be combined with your Sunday worship on May 12th.


Sunday, May 12th – 7th Sunday of Easter

Hospital/Institutional/Hospice Chaplains

The Rev. Anne Carr

The Rev. Rhonda Hirst

The Rev. Beth Hewson

The Rev. Barb Fugelsang

The Rev. Diana Wilde

The Rev. Norm Blanchard


**if your parish did not gather on Ascension Day, prayers for Church of the Ascension, Sudbury, may be combined with your Sunday worship today.


Sunday, May 19th– The Day of Pentecost

Retired Clergy

Pray for the retired clergy in your deanery, many of whom continue to assist in parishes. We thank God for their dedicated service to Christ and the Church.


Sunday, May 26th – 1st Sunday after Pentecost:  Trinity Sunday

Trinity-All Saints’, Bala

The Rev. Heather Manuel

The Rev. Jim Schell (Deacon Associate)

The Rev. Diana Wilde (Hon.)

Holy TrinitySault Ste. Marie

The Rev. Susan Montague Koyle

Trinity Church, Parry Sound

Mr. Cory Brunatti (Lay Incumbent)

The Rev. Dr. Frank A. Thompson (Hon.)

ACW Executive and the Anglican Church Women of the Diocese as they participate in the ACW Annual hosted by the Deanery of Muskoka (May 28-30)


Sunday, June 2nd – 2nd Sunday after Pentecost:  Children & Youth Sunday – Say Yes to Kids!

Pray for our youth in the diocese.  That they may experience great joy and growth in the sharing of their journeys of faith with one another and in their parish context.

Pray for all those who provide ministry in support of our youth.



Sunday, June 9th– 3rd Sunday after Pentecost:  ACW Sunday

National ACW Prayer

Almighty God, we pray for your blessing and grace on our work and witness as Anglican Church Women in Canada.  We give you thanks and praise for giving us wisdom, knowledge and understanding so that we may serve you in spirit and truth.  Called to be your church, may our study, learning, worship and service be always to your glory and the building of your kingdom in our communities and throughout the world.  In our ministry may we always respond to the needs of others with your love.  We pray in the name of the One who redeemed and loves us, your Son, Jesus our Saviour.  Amen


Diocesan ACW Prayer

Almighty God, our heavenly Father, who did send your blessed Son into the world

to become the Saviour of all:

Grant to us a deep sense of gratitude for your grace and mercy towards us;

Enable us by your Spirit to reveal your love in prayer and work and stewardship;

So that your salvation may become known to all peoples, and your name glorified throughout all the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord.   Amen


Pray for all Lay Workers within our parishes who play an integral role in the administration of our churches.  


Sunday, June 16th– 4th Sunday after Pentecost

In recognition of National Indigenous Peoples’ Day (June 21st)

Pray for our National Indigenous Archbishop, The Most Rev. Chris Harper, and all Indigenous People in the Diocese, and for continued reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous people in the church and in the wider society.

St. John’s, Garden River

Bishop Fauquier Memorial Chapel (Shingwauk Chapel)

The Rev. Lana Grawbarger – Deacon Incumbent

The Rev. Canon Rosalie Goos (Hon.)

The Prayer from June 21st may be used as one of the collects during Morning Prayer, or as the concluding collect of the Prayers of the People at the Holy Eucharist.


Wednesday, June 21st – National Indigenous Peoples’ Day

National Indigenous Peoples’ Day – Pray for All Indigenous People in the Diocese

 Creator God,
from you every family in heaven and earth takes its name.
You have rooted and grounded us
in your covenant love,
and empowered us by your Spirit
to speak the truth in love,
and to walk in your way towards justice and wholeness.
Mercifully grant that your people,
journeying together in partnership,
may be strengthened and guided
to help one another to grow into the full stature of Christ,
who is our light and our life. Amen


Sunday, June 23rd – 5th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Peter the Apostle, Elliot Lake

Gowan Gillmor Memorial Chapel, Sagamok, Spanish River

The Ven. Larry Armstrong

The Rev. Beth Topps Willems (Hon.)

The Ven. Roberta Wilson-Garrett (Hon.)


The Prayer from June 21st may be used as one of the collects during Morning Prayer, or as the concluding collect of the Prayers of the People at the Holy Eucharist.


Sunday, June 30th – 6th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for St. John’s, Biscotasing and St. Christopher’s, McGregor Bay, and the ministry of our summer students and supervisors.

Pray for Camp Manitou, Camp Temiskaming, and Camp Gitchigomee and their boards of directors.


Sunday July 7th – 7th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for our Diocesan Chancellor, Canon Garth O’Neil, and Vice-Chancellor, Mrs. Amy Bottos, who provide invaluable advice to the Diocese and our Archbishop.


Sunday, July 14th – 8th Sunday after Pentecost: (Sea Sunday)

St. Stephen the Martyr, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Canon Ed Swayze

The Ven. Eric Paterson (Hon.)

The Rev. Barbara Fugelsang (Deacon Associate)

Mission to Seafarers

Almighty God, we give thanks for all those who work at sea. We acknowledge our need for the food and raw materials they transport.   We recognize that they are often in danger and we are sorry that their long absences often involve sacrifices in their daily family life. Give us grace to show our gratitude not only in our words, but also in our actions. Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Sunday, July 21st – 9th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Mary Magdalene, Sturgeon Falls

The Rev. Dr. Derek Neal


Sunday, July 28th – 10th Sunday after Pentecost

Christ Church, Ilfracombe

The Rev. James Decker

Christ Church, Port Sydney

The Rev. Owen Ash


Sunday, August 4th – 11th Sunday after Pentecost

Retreat Houses

Maison Dieu, Bracebridge; Villa Loyola, Sudbury; Anishinabe Spiritual Centre, Espanola; The Sisterhood of St. John the Divine (Toronto); The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (Massachusetts, USA)


Sunday, August 11th – 12th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Mary’s, Nipigon

St. John’s, Schreiber

The Rev. Jan Latham


Sunday, August 18th – 13th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for our Territorial Archdeacons, Regional Deans, and Lay Deanery Officials in support of their ongoing responsibilities within the deaneries and to the Executive Committee of the Diocese.


Sunday, August 25th – 14th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Simon’s, Temagami

Holy Trinity, Temiscaming



Sunday, September 1st – 15th Sunday after Pentecost

Christian Education Leaders, Teachers, and Students in the Theological Colleges:  Thorneloe University and St. Mark’s Chapel

Assistant Chaplain, The Rev. Jason Tripp


Sunday, September 8th – 16th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for all those in ordained and lay ministries in our parishes, deaneries, and diocese.


Sunday, September 15th – 17th Sunday after Pentecost

St. Alban the Martyr, Capreol

The Rev. Doug Prebble


Sunday, September 22nd – 18th Sunday after Pentecost

Provincial Synod:  Pray for all delegates, guests, and the planning team for Provincial Synod meeting in Sault Ste. Marie (Sept. 24-27)


Sunday, September 29th – 19th Sunday after Pentecost: St. Michael and All Angels

St. Michael and All Angels, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Elizabeth Sipos


Monday, September 30th

National Day of Truth and Reconciliation

Father, in heaven.

Today, on this National Day of Truth and Reconciliation, we mourn with those who mourn. We recall again the great pain, harm and evil done to First Nations siblings. We grieve that this harm has so often been accomplished in your name. Lord, have mercy on us. 

We pray that your kingdom will come. We ask that your light would shine into the darkness to expose both truth and lies. We pray that you will help us to see. To truly see the ones that you see. And Lord, as your kingdom comes, we pray that a visible mark of its appearing would be reconciliation. We ask for the healing of wounds and relationships. We pray for the mending of hearts that have been so deeply broken. 

Jesus, by your Spirit, we pray that First Nations neighbours would sense the great covering of their Creator on this day. And in this covering, may they also know that they are the cherished, beloved of God. 



Sunday, October 6th – 20th Sunday after Pentecost

Lay Readers of the Diocese – Pray for the Lay Readers of the Diocese as they participate in their conference (October 4-6) hosted by the Deanery of Muskoka and for the ministries of all Lay Readers in the parishes, deaneries, and diocese.  


Sunday, October 13th – 21st Sunday after Pentecost:  Thanksgiving Sunday

St. Luke’s Cathedral, Sault Ste. Marie

The Very Rev. Dr. Jay Koyle

The Ven. Dr. Harry Huskins (Hon.)

The Ven. Hugh Hamilton (Hon.)

The Very Rev. Nelson Small (Dean Emeritus)

The Very Rev. James McShane (Dean Emeritus)


Sunday, October 20th – 22nd Sunday after Pentecost

St. George’s, Thunder Bay

The Rev. Deb Everest


Sunday, October 27th – 23rd Sunday after Pentecost

All Diocesan Committees and Social Service Projects

Pray for all those who work for peace and justice.


Friday, November 1st – All Saints’ Day

All Saints, Huntsville

The Ven. Kelly Baetz

All Saints, Coniston

The Rev. Canon Genny Rollins


**if your parish is not gathering on All Saints’ Day, prayers for All Saints’ Huntsville and Coniston may be combined with your Sunday worship on November 3rd.



Saturday, November 2nd – All Souls’ Day

Pray for those who have died – loved ones, friends, and, also, those we do not know – through the mercy of God, that they will rest in peace.


Sunday, November 3rd – 24th Sunday after Pentecost (All Saints’ Day may be commemorated)

St. Paul’s, Wawa

Please pray for the lay leadership at St. Paul’s as they provide crucial ministry and guidance in their community.


**if your parish did not gather on All Saints’ Day, prayers for All Saints’, Huntsville and All Saints’, Coniston, may be combined with your Sunday worship today.



Sunday, November 10th – 25th Sunday after Pentecost

We pray for those whose increasing years bring them isolation, distress, or weakness. May they be provided homes of dignity and peace, understanding helpers, and the willingness to accept assistance. When bodily strength decreases, may their faith increase and the assurance of God’s abiding love be deepened.


Add prayers related to Remembrance Day if you are commemorating that day.



Monday, November 11th – Remembrance Day


Prayers related to Remembrance Day

Ever-living God,

We remember those whom you have gathered from the storm of war into peace of your presence; may that same peace calm our fears, bring justice to all peoples and establish harmony among the nations, through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen


Sunday, November 17th – 26th Sunday after Pentecost

Pray for parishes/congregations in transition that they will embrace God’s vision for their future and that He will grace them with the ability to focus on their ministry and mission in the world as a people of hope and faith.


Sunday, November 24th – Last Sunday after Pentecost: The Reign of Christ

Christ Church, North Bay

The Ven. Joan Locke

The Ven. Linda White (Hon.)


Christ Church, Sault Ste. Marie

The Rev. Raymond Knight



Saturday, November 30th – St. Andrew’s Day

ALMIGHTY God, who didst give such grace unto thy holy Apostle Saint Andrew, that he readily obeyed the calling of thy Son Jesus Christ and followed him without delay: Grant unto us all, that we, being called by thy holy word, may forthwith give up ourselves obediently to fulfil the holy commandments; through the same Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Sunday, December 1st – 1st Sunday of Advent

Pray for all members of our Executive Committee as they contemplate and deliberate over matters for the well-being of the entire diocese.


Sunday, December 8th – 2nd Sunday of Advent

Synod Office Staff

Archbishop of Algoma, The Most Rev. Anne Germond

Archbishop’s Administrative Assistant

Diocesan Treasurer, Canon Jane Mesich

Assistant Treasurer, Ms. Jennifer Baron

Property Coordinator, Canon Ken Lawson


Sunday, December 15th – 3rd Sunday of Advent

St. James’, Goulais River

The Rev. Dr. Bill Steadman (Hon.)


Sunday, December 22nd – 4th Sunday of Advent

St. James’, Gravenhurst

The Rev. Heather Manuel

The Rev. Canon Tom James (Hon.)

The Rev. Jim Schell (Deacon Associate)

The Rev. Diana Wilde (Hon.)


Tuesday, December 24th – Christmas Eve

Church of the Holy Manger, Barkway

The Rev. Heather Manuel

The Rev. Jim Schell (Deacon Associate)

The Rev. Diana Wilde (Hon.)


Wednesday, December 25th – The Birth of the Lord:

Christmas Day

We pray for the children and families of our diocese, that they may pattern their lives on the earthly home of Mary and Joseph in Nazareth.

As the child Jesus grew in body and spirit, blessed by both God and people, so may our homes be places of peace and safety where we nurture each other to grow together in God’s love.


Note:  If parishes have only one service over Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, the petitions for both the 24th and 25th may be used.


Sunday, December 29th – 1st Sunday after Christmas

We pray for all people of our Diocese as we reach the end of this year and look forward with hope to opportunities in the new year to act and live as the people of God. 


Let us give thanks for all we hold dear: our health, our family and our friends. Let us release our grudges, our anger and our pains, for these are nothing but binding chains. Let us live each day in the most loving ways, the God-conscious way.