Prayers in the House of Commons

Each daily sitting in the House of Commons begins with prayers, read aloud, usually by the Speaker's Chaplain. It is a tradition dating back to the 16th century.

MPs may reserve a seat in the Commons Chamber for prayers. Members of the public are not allowed into the public galleries to witness prayers being said.

The form of the main prayer is as follows:

"Lord, the God of righteousness and truth, grant to our Queen and her government, to Members of Parliament and all in positions of responsibility, the guidance of your Spirit. May they never lead the nation wrongly through love of power, desire to please, or unworthy ideals but laying aside all private interests and prejudices keep in mind their responsibility to seek to improve the condition of all mankind; so may your kingdom come and your name be hallowed. Amen."

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