This year’s theme country was Zimbabwe and the host church for the city service – one of about 100 around the State – was St Patrick’s Catholic Church in Grote St.
The service featured testimonials from Zimbabwean women Elizabeth and Privilege, prayers of praise, singing led by St Mary’s College choir and a reflection by Mrs Geraldine Hawkes.
Elizabeth told the gathering that since 2017 Zimbabwe had been going through changes in government. “People, ecumenical organisations and churches are actively raising awareness for a peaceful transition,” she said.
“We continue praying and educating ourselves to be peace builders, and standing for reconciliation in our land.”
World Day of Prayer is a world-wide movement led by Christian women of many traditions who call the faithful together to observe a common day of prayer based on a different country each year.
Highlights of the city service were the student choir’s rendition of Jesu I Dwala, a Zimbabwe hymn written by Mrs Evans V Mtombeni, and a traditional performance by women from the local Zimbabwe community.
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