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World Day of Prayer, March 1

Each year, on the first day of March, the World Day of Prayer brings Christians together in worship around the world and in more than 2,000 communities across Canada.

World Day of Prayer was begun by women in Canada and the United States in 1922 and is observed in more than 170 countries today. This year’s World Day of Prayer service was written by the women of France under the theme, "I was a stranger and you welcomed me." The service explores issues of justice, inclusion, and history among migrant people and the people of France.

The World Day of Prayer is facilitated by the World Day of Prayer International Committee, which meets once every five years to select the themes and countries for upcoming services. The World Day of Prayer 2014 service will be written by the women of Egypt on the theme "Streams in the Desert." The following prayer comes from the 2013 service, written by the women of France.

Prayer

Praise to you, O Lord,

You created us in your image and we are all different.

Thank you for this diversity; for all the languages and dialects. Thank you for the cultures and traditions that have emerged within our places of origin.

Praise to you, O Lord.

Each one of us is unique in your eyes.

We celebrate these differences and rejoice that we are called to be sisters and brothers. You guide us on the path to solidarity whatever our origins, languages, appearance and personality. Thank you for your grace that welcomes us all as your children.

May praise, honour and glory be given unto you Lord, for the bounty that you have granted us.

Amen.

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