International Day of Prayer for Peace

On 21 September, churches and communities throughout the world are committing to the International Day of Peace through prayer, meditation and other forms of spiritual observance. For 2009, the WCC office for the Decade to Overcome Violence (DOV) proposes prayers and liturgical resources related to this year’s DOV focus on the Caribbean and its theme “One Love: Building a Peaceful Caribbean”.

The International Day of Prayer for Peace was proposed at a 2004 meeting between WCC general secretary Rev. Dr Samuel Kobia and UN secretary general Kofi Annan. The WCC’s invitation to pray for peace on 21 September, or the Sunday preceding it, coincides with a United Nations’ initiative that encourages “global 24-hour spiritual observation for peace”, which “is meant to demonstrate the power of prayer and other spiritual practices in promoting peace and preventing violent conflict”.

Prayers for peace from the Caribbean

More information on the DOV 2009 Focus on the Caribbean

More information on the International Day of Prayer for Peace (IDPP)

Also see the website of the United Nations International Day of Peace Vigil