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World Day of Prayer

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Friday, March 1st is World Day of Prayer 2013

Theme this year is:
"I Was a Stranger and You Welcomed Me"
(Matthew 25:35)

Many churches are opening there doors for people to go in and pray for the world.

History: The Women's World Day of Prayer started in the USA in 1884.
When Mary Ellen James called for a day of prayer in 1887, she was not planning a great worldwide movement, destined to become the largest ecumenical movement in the world organised and led by women. She was simply reacting, as a Christian, to the society in which she lived. The wife of a Presbyterian minister in New York and the mother of seven children, Mary Ellen was aware of the problems faced by many women around her, particularly new immigrants to America - the awful slums with their poverty, unemployment, poor housing, lack of health or educational facilities. Something had to be done.
Two years later, two Baptists called together a Day of Prayer for the World Mission. The Day of Prayer initiated by these two women expanded to neighboring countries, then on to Europe and other continents.
Since 1927 the day is known as Women’s World Day of Prayer.

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NEWKATHYNOW 3/4/2013 7:44PM

    Thanks for posting this. We always observe this day of international prayer. There is something very comforting knowing that all over the world women are united in prayer for a better world. God bless!

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UNIQUEYGIRL 2/28/2013 7:59PM

    I never knew this. This is really awesome!

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SMALLERBY60 2/28/2013 7:42PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I am spending my time during Lent to learn the history behind it. I know the basics. I don't mean to make it sound so basic. I just mean that I have always observed it at church but I wanted to dig deeper and understand Lent more. I felt I had become one of those worshipers who had been following everyone every year and I always felt that Lent and Easter was the most important Holy time for me as a Christian. I felt I should learn all I could about it. All I have discovered so far has added a lot more to my worship during this time.

I am glad I found out that Friday, March 1st is the World Day of Prayer. My goal during Lent has been to become better at prayer. God Bless You.

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SMALLERBY60 2/28/2013 7:41PM

    Thank you for sharing this. I am spending my time during Lent to learn the history behind it. I know the basics. I don't mean to make it sound so basic. I just mean that I have always observed it at church but I wanted to dig deeper and understand Lent more. I felt I had become one of those worshipers who had been following everyone every year and I always felt that Lent and Easter was the most important Holy time for me as a Christian. I felt I should learn all I could about it. All I have discovered so far has added a lot more to my worship during this time.

I am glad I found out that Friday, March 1st is the World Day of Prayer. My goal during Lent has been to become better at prayer. God Bless You.

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