Bradford Cathedral is set to host a special service and prayer vigil on Friday, 1st March, in commemoration of the World Day of Prayer 2024.

All are cordially invited to attend the service, scheduled for 2 pm, featuring an ensemble of music, readings, and prayers. The theme, ‘I beg you, bear with one another in love,’ has been meticulously prepared by the World Day of Prayer Organisation, a global, ecumenical movement led by women, in collaboration with Christians in Palestine.

Later in the evening, at 6 pm, a ‘Prayer Vigil for International Peace’ will take place. The service will be presided over by the Dean of Bradford, the Very Revd Andy Bowerman, and will showcase contributions from diverse communities across Bradford.

The Revd Pete Gunstone, Minor Canon for Worship and Nurture, says; “At a time of international tensions and conflict in different parts of the world, we invite you to gather in Bradford Cathedral on the World Day of Prayer, to pray for international peace.”

The Revd Cathy Milford, co-lead on the day’s activities, says; “The World Day of Prayer, a women-led, global, ecumenical movement, has its origins nearly a century ago in The Women’s’ World Day of Prayer for the World. A hundred and forty-six countries have joined this movement and take it in turns to prepare the annual service. In this way participants learn a little about the hopes and fears of the Christian women in the leading country.

“On this World Day of Prayer, the Christian Women of Palestine are calling us to connect with the land from where Jesus came; where he was born, ministered and died – and from where our faith began and is rooted.”

“Despite living in an area of the world where there is ongoing conflict and the future is uncertain, the women of Palestine are sharing with love a reminder that they are there, and they want to give hope to everyone. The theme of the service 2024 ‘bear with one another in love’ seems very appropriate for these women who will not give up witnessing the love of Jesus Christ.”

Residents are invited to join the congregation at Bradford Cathedral on Friday, 1st March 2024, at 2 pm for the World Day of Prayer service and at 6 pm for the Prayer Vigil for International Peace. Free seats can be reserved on ChurchSuite via bradfordcathedral.org.uk/whats-on, or attendees can simply turn up on the day.