Friday, 24 February 2012

Women’s World Day of Prayer - 2nd March

On Friday 2nd March 2012 over 3 million people will be praying and worshipping together during an annual day of prayer, using a service prepared by Christian women in Malaysia on the theme 'Let Justice Prevail'.

The prayers sweep around the world beginning with the first service in Tonga and finishing some 35 hours later with a service in neighbouring Western Samoa. The service will be celebrated in 170 countries and over 6,000 services will be held in the British Isles.
Malaysia is a multi-ethnic and multi-religious country; about 7% of Malaysians are Christian. Malaysia is one of wealthiest and most developed countries in South East Asia. Women have made important contributions to its social and economic development but, nevertheless, they still face discrimination and violence at all levels of society. Even today a girl child is seen as less valuable than a boy. Malaysia is now the most popular destination country in Asia for migrant workers and human trafficking has become a sophisticated and organised operation.

The services on 2nd March will be a time to reflect on the challenge that we all have in our daily lives to stand up for justice within our community, our country and the world. The prophet Micah wrote' What does the Lord require of you but to do justice, and to love kindness, and to walk humbly with your God?' (Micah 6:8).

The Women’s World Day of Prayer is for everybody to demonstrate solidarity with Christians in other countries. Local ecumenical services have been organised by women representatives from Guildford churches and will be followed by refreshments. Everyone is welcome to the services, men, women and young people.

Services are being held all over the diocese. Contact your local Catholic parish for information.

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