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Eileen Smith

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Pope Francis Invites Christians Worldwide to Prayer March 25
« on: March 24, 2020, 08:01:22 PM »
The following arrived today from Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton.  Timing is tight but we will be posting it on congregation's social media sites as well as sending out an electronic message to the congregation.

I am writing to extend an invitation we have received from Pope Francis, through the Lutheran World Federation and the World Council of Churches to join in the Lordís Prayer tomorrow, March 25, at noon your local time. Please share this invitation through your synods, congregations, ecumenical communities and individual networks.

During the global pandemic of COVID-19, the church can and should give witness to our unity in Christ and express our deep concern for Godís creation. Despite social distancing, through prayer we are able to enter together into the presence of Christ and the communion of believers. By praying the prayer that Christ taught us, we are united with followers of Jesus in every time and in every place. When the church gathers in this way, we can be assured that Christ, our eternal hope, is present in the midst of suffering.

In Christ,


The Rev. Elizabeth A. Eaton

Presiding Bishop, Evangelical Lutheran Church in America

J. Thomas Shelley

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Re: Pope Francis Invites Christians Worldwide to Prayer March 25
« Reply #1 on: March 24, 2020, 08:19:17 PM »
For any wishing to fill the entire day with prayer the full cycle of Daily Prayer for the Orthodox Church can be found here:

http://www.agesinitiatives.com/dcs/public/dcs/indexes/20200325.html

The Feast of the Annunciation is universally celebrated on the 25th of March; however, for "old (Julian) calendarist" Orthodox the Feast occurs on "our" April 7.
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Re: Pope Francis Invites Christians Worldwide to Prayer March 25
« Reply #2 on: March 25, 2020, 12:10:50 PM »
Thanks, Tom - and thanks for the reference to the invitation from Pope Francis, which I answered by praying.

Dave Benke