Britain was yesterday battered by a ‘Wild Wednesday’ of severe storms and rising water levels, with no prospect of an end to the misery in sight. Motorways were flooded, major road bridges closed and rail lines offered limited - if any - services, stranding travellers and bringing the country to a standstill. Read more >>
The cartoon by Mac from the Daily Mail is set is a flooded church. The vicar is delivering a sermon from the safety of the pulpit. Another vicar (or verger?), who is up to his waist in water, tells him, 'Personally, I would cut out the "let us kneel and pray for better weather" bit'.
If you look closely, you can see bubbles rising from between the pews (= rows of seats), so we are meant to infer that the churchgoers are submerged because they have got down on their knees to pray for better weather.
1. If you kneel, you put yourself into a position where your body is supported on one or more knees. • People sometimes kneel to pray.
2. The stiff white collar fastened at the back and worn by some Christian priests is known as a dog collar.