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Martin provides BBC's Prayer for the Day across six days of COP26

FaithInvest CEO Martin Palmer has been asked to provide BBC Radio Four's Prayer for the Day during the UN climate conference, COP26.

The two-minute prayer and reflection is broadcast each morning at 5.43am, and the BBC wanted six prayers from different faiths that also reflected their relationship with the natural world. The prayers will be broadcast during the second half of the COP, beginning tomorrow morning.

Martin Palmer said: 'It was such a pleasure to be able to show how six of the world's major faiths celebrate nature through their sacred texts, prayers and teachings. The first to be broadcast is Christianity, which goes out tomorrow, and I chose the Orthodox Church – the first Christian tradition to realise the scale of the threat humans posed to nature, which in 1989 created the first ever Day of Protection of the Environment – September 1.

'Around the world Orthodox Christians focus their action, thoughts and prayers around being a blessing to the rest of Nature in parishes, schools and places of pilgrimage on that day, and now other Christian traditions celebrate the Season of Creation, which starts on September 1 and ends on October 4, the feast of St Francis, patron saint of ecology.'

You can listen to the prayers via the BBC's website where they will remain available for 30 days.

The schedule for the prayers is below and if you would like to read the prayers, click on each faith to be taken to the relevate page on our dedicated Faith Plans website.


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