World Day of Prayer

The World Day of Prayer (WDOP) is celebrated on the first Friday of March in some 170 countries. The day was initiated by Christian women in Canada and the United States at the end of the 19th century, in the spirit of an ecumenical movement. Each year, women from a different country are invited to prepare a celebration.

The idea is to gather around the earth for 24 hours, people using the same words in a variety of languages to pray to the Lord. This initiative supports the women’s message that “prayer and action are inseparable and play an essential role in the world”.

Palestine: “A bond of love for peace”

In 2024, the task of conceiving and writing an ecumenical celebration was entrusted to the Christian women of Palestine. They are inviting women from all over the world to pray with them on the theme “A bond of love for peace”, based on the text “I exhort you… Bear with one another in love.” (Text from Paul to the Ephesians 4, 1-7)

The text of the presentation in French can be found here. Musical resources, a video capsule and information in English can be found on the website of the International Committee for the World Day of Prayer. It was founded in 1968. Its offices are located in New York, USA.