THE Church of England has released a special prayer for the London 2012 Games.
It is hoped that A Prayer In Preparation For The 2012 Games will spur on athletes, churches and anyone who is getting ready for the Olympics.
The words, read in a podcast by Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu at www.churchofengland.org, are designed to be used in church services or alone by worshippers of any faith in a spare moment, the Church said.
Ohuruogu, 27, in training to defend her 400m title at London 2012, hopes that everyone will make the most of London staging the 2012 Games.
The east Londoner, a lifelong worshipper, said: ‘It would be good for the churches to feel involved in the Games rather than thinking `oh it is just sport, we don’t really care too much and we don’t understand’.’
The prayer was composed by Reverend Christopher Woods as churches and communities nationwide are preparing to put on special events to celebrate the Games.
Ohuruogu also speaks of how the importance of her spiritual upbringing.
She said: ‘I think sport is a great way for you to develop a belief system.
‘I think that sport is very good at mirroring our personal lives – being determined and finding strength where you do not necessarily think you can find strength.
‘Faith has always been important for my sport but also helping me as a person so I can perform at my sport better.’
Giver of joy and source of all strength, we pray for those who prepare for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
For the competitors training for the Games and their loved ones,
For the many thousands who will support them,
And for the Churches and others who are organising special events and who will welcome many people from many nations.
In a world where many are rejected and abused, we pray for a spirit of tolerance and acceptance, of humility and respect and for the health and safety of all.
May we at the last be led towards the love of Christ who is more than gold, today and forever.