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 in 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.  Send 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, 

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Erin Saiz Hanna

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