Living Gospel Equality Now: Loving in the Heart of God: Association of Roman Catholic Women Priests
Monday, March 24, 2014
March 25th is World Day of Prayer for Women's Ordination: Actions You Can Take from WOC//Women Priests Invite All to Pray and Act, www.arcwp.org
March 24, 2014
Tomorrow, March 25th, marks the 20th annual World Day of Prayer for Women's Ordination. Every year on the feast of the Annunciation, WOC joins the global women's ordination movement to bring attention to the issue of women's ordination and to spread the good news about women's leadership in the church. Here are 6 ways you take action with us!
Prayer for World Day of Prayer for Women's Ordination
Ever present God; open the hearts and minds of all people,
and inspire us all to use the unique gifts you have given us
for loving service to each other.
We pray especially now, for those women whose gifts are best suited to serve your Church as ordained deacons and priests. Empower them with courage as they answer your call and strengthen them for humble service,
great compassion, and insightful wisdom.
Support them through their ministries and enlighten the leadership of your Church to practice the equality that Jesus modeled to embrace all women and men whom you have gifted for sacramental service.
Strengthen your Holy Spirit within those you have chosen for ordained ministry. May they answer your call and follow you with generous hearts.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, who called
Mary Magdalene and Phoebe - as well as Peter and Paul -
to be ministers in the early Christian communities. Amen
2. Twitter Action
Here are some examples of tweets to send on World Day of Prayer.
On the Feast of the Annunciation, Catholics around the world
pray for women's ordination in our Church
"Every type of discrimination... is to be overcome and
eradicated as contrary to God's intent" Gaudium et Spes, 29
Like Mary, who freely gave her yes to God to bear Christ
for the world, women called to priestly ministry yearn to
respond YES #ordainwomen
As Mary knew: with God all things are possible.
And so we pray for #PopeFrancis & we pray for our
3. Host a Group Discussion with friends
May 22, 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of John Paul II's
The deadline date for contribution is May 15, 2014.
5. Organize a Vigil for Holy Thursday, April 17th
Holy Thursday is an important day to witness because many parish priests gather at the cathedral in the morning to receive holy oil.
Witnessing at the cathedral exposes the issue of women's ordination to many priests at the same time. Holy Thursday is also a celebration of the priesthood; each year priests renew their promises on this day.
Some groups also protest at nighttime, through the washing of one
another's feet at parishes where priests refuse to wash women's feet.
6. Make a Donation
Help defray the costs and support our vigil in Rome! Even
a small donation can make a big difference! Click here to help.
Thank you for taking action and for your ongoing support! You are a blessing!