“We urge people to see this prayer vigil as so much more than just words in a formal liturgy, but rather as an outpouring of concern for Palestinians and Israelis – Christians, Muslims, and Jews – whose lives are overtaken by broken relationships and the conflict which flows from these divisions.” – Rev. Mark B. Brown, LWF – Jerusalem Representative
On 24 December 2012, the ACT Palestine Forum launched its monthly Ecumenical Prayer Vigil for Peace in the Middle East. Every month, particularly on the 24th, APF calls attention to an issue facing the people of the Holy Land because of the unresolved conflict and offers information and worship resources to those who choose to gather and pray for peace. This global movement will continue until the Israeli occupation is dismantled, violence in the Middle East ends, and all can celebrate a just and lasting negotiated resolution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.
Pray With Us!
Every month, APF distributes the prayer vigil by email and we invite you to participate in a vigil near you or start your own! If you have questions about the vigil, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are a multitude of ways to participate and we invite you to pray together as a family, office or parish, or as a congregation each month for those in the Middle East, especially Palestine and Israel, who are suffering. Connect with other congregations, parishes, synods, dioceses, and denominations to strengthen the voices calling for peace.
If you have developed any worship or educational material for a vigil, please share that with us! We would love to list your resource on our website for the benefit of others. Liturgies, music, prayers, and scripture that you have used are all helpful and we would love to share it!
By engaging in this vigil, we are declaring that God’s grace is the source of all peace and through prayer we are humbling ourselves to God’s will for all creation. We offer this prayer vigil as an opportunity for congregations to incorporate the welfare of the people of the Middle East into the heart of their church life: in their worship, in their learning, and in the their advocacy.