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Church of England launches special Olympic prayer

June 24, 2011 - London

The Church of England has launched a special prayer for the London Olympic Games to be held next year.

The Church hopes that the prayer will inspire athletes and all other people getting ready for the Olympics, The Daily Mail reports.

The prayer is written and designed to be used in church services, or by worshippers of any faith in a spare moment, the Church said.

The prayer was read for the first time by Olympic champion Christine Ohuruogu in a podcast on the Church's official website.

"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" Ohuruogu was quoted as saying.

"Faith has always been important for my sport but also helping me as a person so I can perform at my sport better," she added.

The prayer has been composed by Reverend Christopher Woods, as churches and communities nationwide are preparing to put on special events to celebrate the Games.


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