Margaret Clark, WDP Catholic Representative National Committee

WDP is a global ecumenical movement, formerly known as Women’s World Day of Prayer, led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice, inspired by the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action.” It is a privilege therefore, to represent Catholic women on the World Day of Prayer (WDP) National Committee.

An ecumenical group of Palestinian Christian women have prayed and reflected together over several years to respond to an invitation to write the 2024 service. As Pope Frances asserts, Palestinian people and the people of Israel “have the right to peace”. Their theme of the service is “I Beg You…Bear With One Another in Love,” Ephesians 4:1-7, despite all difficulties and oppression.

The Palestinian women invite the world to pray for peace, justice, freedom of religion and freedom of movement. Their prayers specifically call us to pray with women refugees, homeless, sick, dying and grieving. They acknowledge the environmental crisis and pray to be united in treating all with justice and love. In the current situation prayers are needed more than ever for peace. A WDP statement has already been given, and an updated statement will be made on Ash Wednesday, 14 February, to be read at all World Day of Prayer meetings on 1 March 2024. This will be available on the website Wwdp.org.uk. No amendments to the WDP Order of Service should be made.

Additionally, since joining the National Committee I have attended several meetings. The first was a Link Day to be introduced to other Christian women, to listen and observe. It was evident from this that there is more that unites us than divides us, which reinforced my experience of working with Churches Together, and now on the Synodal Journey.

Resources for the Preparation Days, for March 2024 have been forwarded to each of the Branch secretaries throughout the British Isles, including a WDP magazine and WDP Order of Service. Access to all of these can be found on the website Wwdp.org.uk.

You are all encouraged to join a World Day of Prayer service in your area and to encourage others to do so. Our prayers have never been more needed.

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