1 Mar 2012

International Women's Day of Prayer - 2nd March 2012

2nd March 2012 is the International Women's Day of Prayer (as opposed to International Women's Day which is held each year on March 8th). The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, we can come to know how our sisters of other countries, languages and cultures understand the Biblical passages in their context. We can hear their concerns and needs and can feel ourselves in solidarity with them as we pray with and for them. In this way, it is possible to enrich our Christian faith as it grows deeper and broader in an international, ecumenical expression.
The motto of the World Day of Prayer movement is Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action. Through our participation in the World Day of Prayer, we affirm that prayer and action are inseparable and that both have immeasurable influence on the world.
This year's theme is "Let Justice prevail" and the resources etc are prepared by the women of Malaysia.

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God Our Father, Creator of women in your own image, carried by women to mission fields around the globe, give to the women of our time;
The strength to persevere,
The courage to speak out,
The faith to believe in you beyond all systems and institutions, so that your face on earth may be seen in all its beauty.
We call on the holy women who went before us to intercede for us so that we may be given the grace to follow in their footsteps.
We remember;

Sarah Rachel and Rebecca, Hannah Deborah Naomi and Ruth, Suzanna and Esther
St Elizabeth                            Pray for us
St Anne                                   Pray for us
St Mary Magdalene              Pray for us
St Agnes                                 Pray for us
St Lucy                                    Pray for us
St’s Perpetua and Felicity    Pray for us
St Agatha                               Pray for us
St. Catherine of Alexandria Pray for us
St Helena                                Pray for us
St Monica                               Pray for us
St Isadora                               Pray for us
St Scholastica                        Pray for us
St Margaret                           Pray for us
St Brigid                                  Pray for us
St Ita                                       Pray for us
St Brigid of Sweden               Pray for us
St Catherine of Sienna          Pray for us
St Frances of Rome               Pray for us
St. Clare of Assisi                   Pray for us
St Joan of Arc                         Pray for us
St. Teresa of Avila                 Pray for us
St Rose                                   Pray for us
St Rita                                     Pray for us
St Angela Merici                    Pray for us   
St Ursula                                Pray for us
St Margaret Mary                 Pray for us
St Jane Frances de Chantal  Pray for us
St Louise                                 Pray for us
St Catherine Laboure            Pray for us
St Bernadette                        Pray for us
St Elizabeth Seaton               Pray for us
St Therese of Lisieux             Pray for us
St Maria Goretti                    Pray for us
St Edith Stein                         Pray for us
St Faustina                             Pray for us
St Josephine Bakista             Pray for us
St Mary Mc Killop                 Pray for us
Holy Mary, Mother of God, Pray for us.

Let us pray.........

O God, hear our pray and the prayers of Your Saints, guide us and keep us in Your Loving Care, we make our petition through Jesus Christ Your Son Our Lord,  who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, One God for ever and ever . Amen

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