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World Day of Prayer is March 1

Friday, March 1, is World Day of Prayer 2013.

World Day of Prayer is an ecumenical celebration of informed prayer and prayerful action. Join in the prayer service written by the women of France encouraging welcome for migrant people worldwide. This service is sponsored by St Francis Xavier Church in Lake Park at 1 p.m.

Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer on March 1. The women of France, this year's writer-country, have chosen the theme "I was a stranger and you welcomed me."

The French WDP Committee looks for a Christian response to struggles concerning immigration and for ways to welcome "the stranger."

The women who prepared this year's worship service and Bible studies reach into Jesus identification with "the least of these" in Matthew 25 and draw on customs of hospitality found in Leviticus to paint a picture of welcoming the stranger.

Through visual interpretation and personal stories, participants begin to put themselves in the shoes of "the stranger," remembering their own feelings of being on the outside -- and the blessings of welcoming.

World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March.

World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God's kingdom.

Services begin at sunrise in the Pacific and follow the sun across the globe on the day of celebration. Each year a different country's committee serves as the writers of the World Day of Prayer worship service.

For more information, contact Mary Veit at 218-238-6178 or the national office of World Day of Prayer USA (