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World Day of Prayer

About World Day of Prayer

World Day of Prayer (WDP) is an international event that unites Protestant, Roman Catholic, Orthodox and other Christian women and men in over 170 countries in prayer. With origins in the 19th century, World Day of Prayer became an official call to prayer under its present name in 1927. In 1928, the World Day of Prayer issued this statement:

It is with deep gratitude that we recognize the growing power inherent in our World Day of Prayer. A very decided expansion of this prayer fellowship has come during the past year. The circle of prayer has expanded literally around the world. We have learned the great lesson of praying with, rather than for, our sisters of other races and nations, thus enriching our experience and releasing the power which must be ours if we are to accomplish tasks entrusted to us.

In its present iteration, World Day of Prayer is celebrated on the first Friday of March around the world. Throughout the day, from the first sunrise to the last sunset, our prayers follow the sun’s path around the globe.  Spoken in hundreds of languages and dialects, WDP strives to bring “informed prayer and prayerful action” to our communities.

World Day of Prayer 2017

In 2017 World Day of Prayer lands on Friday, March 3rd. The host country for 2017—providing the theme, worship materials, and a focus for prayer—is the Phillipines. For information on how to order materials, and other free resources, visit the WDP website.

Memorandum of Understanding

In the United States, World Day of Prayer has long been sponsored and supported by Church Women United. In 2014 Church Women United and World Day of Prayer USA signed a Memorandum of Understanding affirming their common belief in peace, reconciliation, and the potential for positive change in churches, communities, and the world.

The word “understanding” implies that two people or entities are truly LISTENING to one another. After conversation between the World Day of Prayer USA Committee and the Board of Directors of Church Women United, Inc., both groups have listened to one another. The result is the following Memorandum of Understanding approved by both Executive Boards and signed appropriately on World Day of Prayer, March 7, 2014. We look forward to a partnership that is based in prayer as we look forward to celebrating this International Day of Prayer with our sisters from all over the world.

–Marilyn Lariviere, CWU National President

For the full Memorandum of Understanding click HERE.

WDP Resources Online

World Day of Prayer USA website –

World Day of Prayer International Committee website –