World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer is held on the first Friday of March each year.  The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide movement begun by Christian women from across the globe.  It is an invitation for Christians of all denominations to come together, to pray together and to serve the needs of women around the globe.  This year the host country was Vanuatu and a group of Christian women from Vanuatu put together a liturgy that included some of the voices of local woman, expressing both their struggles and their Christian Hope.

At Our Lady of Good Counsel Church, Deepdene, about forty people gathered to celebrate the World Day of Prayer.  Lorraine Simpson from All Hallows, Balwyn and Loyola O’Donohue from Our Lady of Victories, Camberwell were the co-hosts of the morning.  They welcomed representatives from Christian Churches in the Camberwell, Deepdene and Balwyn area.

At the end of the liturgy, Lorraine Simpson handed over a flag representing the Christian women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland, to Carole Ireland-Young of St Barnabas Anglican Church in Balwyn.  St Barnabas will host the 2022 World Day of Prayer which carries the theme I know the plans I have for you (Jeremiah 29:1-14) and will be prepared by the women of England, Wales and Northern Ireland.


Loyola O’Donohue and Fr Trac Nguyen

The World Day of Prayer not only brings together women and men from diverse Christian denominations, it also gives us an insight into the real life challenges facing women around the globe and into the depth of faith that characterises many of their lives.

Keep the first Friday of March free each year and come and join us.

By:  Fr Brendan Reed

Main Image:  Lorraine Simpson and Carole Ireland-Young


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Denise Mulcahy

This was a beautiful service and there was a wonderful unity among all present. Special thanks to Lorraine for gathering the various speakers. It was lovely to have refreshments afterwards and to mingle with our guests.

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