World Day of Prayer
Date When Celebrated : First Friday of March
World Day of Prayer is today. The world and all of its inhabitants can certainly use all of the prayers they can get. In the U.S., this holiday is sponsored by "Church Women United", a Christian group of women that strives to work for justice and peace.
The origin of World Day of Prayer dates back to 1887, when Mary Ellen Fairchild James, a Methodist from Brooklyn, NY called for a day of prayer for home missions. Fairly quickly most Christian religions began their own Day of Prayer. In 1927 it became World Day of Prayer and the date was formally established as the first Friday in March. Oddly, it wasn't until 1967, as a result of the Second Vatican Council, that Catholics were allowed to participate.
Each year, Church Women United selects a women's group from different parts of the world, to write a prayer service for the day. Then, everyone, men and women alike, are encouraged to attend a prayer service using what the group wrote.
In 2017, women from the Philippines prepared the service. The theme is "Am I being Unfair to You?"
2018: All God's Creation is Very Good
2019: Come, Everything is Ready
2020: Rise, Take Up Your Mat and Walk
2021: Build on a Strong Foundation
Did you Know? Planning for the prayer service actually begins three years in advance.
History and Origin of World Day of Prayer:
Mary Ellen Fairchild James of Brooklyn, NY created World Day of Prayer in 1887.
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