Churches and ecumenical councils across the world will join together in a week of prayer from 22–27 March 2021.
Initiated by the World Council of Churches (WCC), the week of prayer on the COVID-19 pandemic will be led by church and ecumenical leaders from WCC member churches, as well as from regional and national ecumenical councils.
The week of prayer marks one year since the global spread of COVID-19 was declared a pandemic by the World Health Organisation (WHO). According to WHO data, there have been over 99 million cases and over 2 million deaths.
The pandemic has brought on medical, economic, and even spiritual crises among millions of people in all parts of the world.
The week of prayer hopes to provide an opportunity to reinforce mutual solidarity, support, and accompaniment through the pandemic.
The period of prayer will focus on specific concerns such as Lament and Grief; Hurting and Suffering Communities; Leaders; Healing; Protection; Hope and Salvation.
The CCA General Secretary Dr Mathews George Chunakara urged all member churches and councils of the CCA, as well as partners and people of goodwill in Asia to join in the week of prayer, which will be held online.
Speaking on the significance of this International Week of Prayer, the General Secretary of the CCA, Dr Mathews George Chunakara, said, “Although the COVID-19 pandemic has exposed our deepest vulnerabilities and fragility, Asian churches accompanied the faithful and strengthened them with immense resilience and spiritual nourishment. The spiritual accompaniment made possible by the Week of Prayer facilitated by WCC will further strengthen our faith as well as collaborations and solidarity especially when we begin to rebuild from the worst impacts of the pandemic with hope for a blessed future for all.”
For more information, please visit the WCC’s resources below: