Friday, March 7, 2014

Women's World Day of Prayer, this year Egypt

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Grandchamp, Switzerland, 2006

Tomorrow (Sunday) is International Women's Day and the 2014 theme is Equality for women is progress for all . 

But did you know?  Today is Women's World Day of Prayer!
Or so my sister-friends at the contemplative monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland informed me.  

The 2014 theme is Streams in the Desert and it was prepared by women in Egypt. 

The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year, and who, in many countries, have a continuing relationship in prayer and service.
• It is a movement initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and regions.
• It is a movement symbolized by an annual day of celebration – the first Friday of March – to which all people are welcome.
• It is a movement which brings together women of various races, cultures and traditions in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.
Through World Day of Prayer, women affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence in the world. The motto of the World Day of Prayer is “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action”.

More about the idea and how it started at Wikipedia
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8 comments:

William Kendall said...

The Sisters look quite cheerful!

Petrea Burchard said...

This is a delightful photo.

Hels said...

I am not sure what group prayer achieves. But any movement that brings together women of different races and cultures in closer understanding and action ..has to be worthwhile.

VP said...

Prayers have always solved a lot of problems around the world...

Birdman said...

Women do it right!

Kay said...

This is such a wonderful movement. There are too many countries and faiths that don't give enough equality or respect to women.

KD said...

So happy to find your blog! Kristina D.

Dina said...

Friends, thank you all for your varying opinions here.

Kristina, shalom and welcome to the blog!