The number of people using the Church of England’s Daily Prayer audio service has passed a million, as the podcasting revolution becomes part of many people's daily pattern of worship.
The short atmospheric services feature prayers and readings following the pattern set out in the Church of England’s Common Worship services, recorded by volunteers across the country.
They are edited together with music from the St Martin’s Voices choir at St Martin-in-the-Fields in London, by the Church of England’s Digital team.
It was launched in March last year after churches across the country reported large numbers tuning into prayer services broadcast online during Covid restrictions.
It comes amid signs of a resurgence of interest in the ancient monastic cycle of daily worship.
Thomas Allain-Chapman, Head of Publishing for the Church of England, said: “Adding audio to the existing Daily Prayer app has transformed a useful resource into something truly inspiring and enriching.
“So many people report how the blend of voices, music and silence enable them to feel part of a worldwide community of prayer, day-in, day-out.”
Chester Box podcast
The Diocese of Chester has also stepped into the podcasting market with its Chester Box podcast. The latest episodes include recordings from the recent Women's Voices conference. Future episodes will feature speakers from the upcoming Together in Love event being held in Interfaith Week.
Search "Chester Box" wherever you get your podcasts.