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World Day of Prayer to be celebrated at St. Patrick’s

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, Friday, March 2.

The women of Malaysia have chosen the theme, “Let justice prevail.” They open the service for 2012 with the greeting, “selamat datang” — “peace and welcome” — a reminder that harmony as a people is rooted in peace and welcome.

The women name fair and just governance as the basis for peace. The stories chosen by the women of Malaysia give credence to the suffering that empowers their prayer.

A clear message emerges: It takes courage, compassion and active engagement for justice to prevail.

March 2, let us resolve to work with God and with each other to create a world in which each gender, race, culture, religion and state is honored, nurtured and empowered.

This year’s service will be held on March 2, at 11:30 a.m., at St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church. Lunch will be served after program; bring a salad to share.

Invite your friends, family and communities of faith to join the women of Malaysia in prayer and song to support ecumenical efforts toward justice, peace, healing and wholeness. The annual offering supports the work of World Day of Prayer USA and helps meet the needs of families in Malaysia and around the world who are victims of many forms of poverty, violence and injustice.

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God’s kingdom. Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun across the globe on the day of celebration. Each year, a different country’s committee serves as the writers of the World Day of Prayer worship service.

For more information, contact St. Patrick’s at 731-5801 or the national office of World Day of Prayer USA (www.wdpusa.org).

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