Berlin –This Philippines is this year´s focus country in the World Day of Prayer Celebration on 3 March 2017. The World Day of Prayer is an international ecumenical Christian laywomen’s initiative with the motto “Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action,” and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March.
The Philippine Embassy in Berlin and the Philippine Department of Tourism office in Frankfurt received numerous requests for informational materials on the Philippines in line with the celebration of Weltgebetstag (World Day of Prayer) across Germany.
The liturgy for the one-day event this year was written jointly by an ecumenical team of 20 Filipino women in the Philippines. The German title of the worship on Weltgebetstag is: What is fair?
Every year. the World Day of Prayer (Weltgebetstag) National / Regional Committees in many countries would organize themselves in a way that engage their strengths and their resources for collaboration and for building sustainable networks.
Clockwise from top left: Weltgebetstag celebrations in (1) Prienbach, (2) Berlin – Auenkirche, (3) Reiden and (4) Schwedt.
In Germany, women, regardless of religion, were invited to pray together for the Philippines, to learn about the country and its people, to taste its food, to listen to its music and to reflect on societal challenges. The Filipino communities in Germany pooled resources and time in presenting the Philippines to their respective parishes by way of dance numbers and cooking local dishes.
One of the results of the discussions which happened was an appeal for the Philippines not to pass a death penalty law. Letters were submitted to the Embassy. END