World Day of Prayer

Informed Prayer and Prayerful Action

World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice.

World Day of Prayer began as a movement by women and for women. It still has a strong focus on the situation of women in each country, but nowadays everybody is very welcome to join in! Read up more on its history here.

Every year, the focus is on a different country of the world, making this a unique opportunity for armchair travel - or should we say: church pew travel - to a country that we might never get to visit in reality. An ecumenical committee of women from that country prepares the order of service, and the service travels around the world.

The traditional date for celebrating World Day of Prayer is the first Friday in March, but we will feel free to celebrate it on one of our regular HIW Sundays around that date, in February or March.

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2023: Taiwan
"I Have Heard About Your Faith"

The 2023 World Day of Prayer will be from Taiwan, a country in a difficult political situation that has been on the news a lot recently. Find out more about Taiwan and about the artist who created the picture.

We will celebrate this service on February 19. We hope that many of you will not only join us for the service but participate and make it come alive!


Picture © Hui-Wen Hsaio.

2022: England, Wales, and North Ireland
"I Know the Plans I Have for You"

In March of 2022, we celebrated World Day of Prayer for the very first time. This year, the order of service came from England, Wales, and North Ireland, regions that obviously many of our visitors have a special connection to.

Our service was enhanced by the Petri-Nikodemus guitar group, and it was a joy to have about twenty members of our Hannover International Worship community participate in the service. You could hear a pin drop when one of our members read the Lord's Prayer in her native Welsh language. The message on the word of the prophet Jeremiah was given by Pastor Viola Chrzanowski. Find the full order of service as provided by the committee here.

Another very special joy was getting together again in the annex for the very first time after the Covid interruption ... very cautiously ... and finding tea and fresh homemade scones and other special food from this part of the world to enjoy.


Picture by artist Angie Fox, © 2020 World Day of Prayer International Committee, Inc.