Church goers across Worcestershire and Dudley are being encouraged to pray for the health service on or around 18 October, St Luke’s Day.

As well as being the author of over a quarter of the New Testament (Luke’s Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles), St Luke is believed to have been a Greek physician and as such is widely regarded as the patron saint of healthcare. The Health and Wellbeing group in the Diocese of Worcester has produced and distributed prayers and worship materials to all churches to enable parishes and individuals to pray for the NHS when the Saint’s day is celebrated on 18 October.

Bishop John said: 

“We regularly read news stories of the increasing pressure which the NHS is under. St Luke’s Day provides us with a welcome opportunity to pray for all staff and patients as well as those who have the responsibility for managing resources. The NHS was intended by its founders to be a sort of institutional answer to the question 'Who is my neighbour?', the answer being everyone. As such, it is a profoundly Christian institution and I would encourage everyone to set aside some time on or around 18 October to pray for all involved in our health service.”

Download the prayer resources

Worcester Cathedral will host the diocesan festival of health and healing on Saturday 4 November. At 10am, Bishop John will offer reflections and lead a discussion on Christian Healing Ministry and at 2pm there will be a Healing Eucharist. The cost for the morning workshop is £5, payable on the day. 


The Diocese of Worcester is one of 42 dioceses in the Church of England. It covers an area of 671 square miles and includes parishes in the County of Worcestershire, the Metropolitan Borough of Dudley, and a few parishes in northern Gloucestershire, south east Wolverhampton and Sandwell.

From: Sam Setchell, Press Officer for the Diocese of Worcester and the Bishop of Worcester.

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