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,

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! 

1. Pray

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 
  • #ordain women
  • "Every type of discrimination... is to be overcome and 
  • eradicated as contrary to God's intent" Gaudium et Spes, 29
  •  #ordainwomen
  • 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 
  • Church #ordainwomen

3. Host a Group Discussion with friends

May 22, 2014 will mark the 20th anniversary of John Paul II's 
Apostolic Letter Ordinatio Sacerdotalis i
n which he attempted to officially ban discussion 
about the ordination of women. Use this discussion guide 
to host a discussion 
about the Vatican's ban.

4. Write Your Letter

In preparation for the 20th anniversary of Ordinatio Sacerdotalis, 
Women's Ordination Worldwide is collecting letters from the 
faithful who recognize that women, like men, are not only created 
in God's image but are also called to serve all God's people in 
all ways, 
including holy orders.

A delegation of women's ordination advocates from around the 

world will, during a prayerful vigil, hand deliver these letters 
to the Vatican. 
Contribute a letter for delivery to Pope Francis.  S
end your letter through our online form here: 
Dear Pope Francis
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!

ErinFor equality,
Erin Saiz Hanna

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