Priest consecrating chalice during mass

World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer (WDP) is traditionally observed on the first Friday of March, though communities can choose other dates.

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. A different participating country or territory writes the service each year.

Countries are encouraged to come together in spirit, uniting on a common day, to pray for relevant issues affecting women and children. Through preparation and participation in the worship service, we can learn 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 join 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.

Many World Day of Prayer services have gone online over the past few years. Most of their materials are now distributed electronically through the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada website.

"We are given a seed of hope to ponder where it needs to be planted in our lives and in our communities. Take this opportunity, to raise awareness on the needs of your community and offer the gifts of prayers and commitment. A seed, nourished by prayers of intercession and actions of love, bind us together around the world."