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.
The World Day of Prayer website describes the movement in this way:
- a movement initiated and carried out by women in more than 170 countries and regions.
- a movement symbolized by an annual day of celebration – the first Friday of March – to which all people are welcome.
- 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 around the world affirm their faith in Jesus Christ and share their hopes and fears, their joys and sorrows, their opportunities and needs.
- women are encouraged to become aware of the whole world and no longer live in isolation, to be enriched by the faith experience of Christians of other countries and cultures.
- women are encouraged to take up the burdens of other people and pray with and for them, to become aware of their talents and use them in the service of society.
- 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.”
Theme for 2013:
“I was a stranger and you welcomed me” is the theme chosen by the women of France, this year’s writer-country, as they look for “a Christian response to struggles concerning immigration and ways to welcome the stranger.”