The naked year - prayers from the heart of London

01 July 2004 | Faith & Society

What is prayer? 'The Naked Year', a collection of original prayers and reflections on a sequence of religious and secular dates in the year, turns to an unusual source for an answer - the John Cleese comedy 'A Fish Called Wanda'. The book was published by St Martin-in-the-Fields, London in 2004. These readings provide the 'calendar' in the faith and society section of this website.Here you can download the book's cover and introduction, and separately the text of all the readings.The cover photograph by Tricia Sibbons shows Mark Wallinger's life-size sculpture of Jesus - Ecce homo (behold the man)! - in Trafalgar Square around the turn of the millennium. The low winter sunshine also picks out St Martin-in-the-Fields Church in the background. The sculpture was unveiled on 21 July 1999, the first of a series of innovative exhibits on the Square's 'fourth plinth'.

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