National Day of Prayer for the Pandemic

Major denominations and prayer networks across Australia will unite in prayer on Sunday 22nd August 2021, for a National Day of Prayer in response to the need and distress caused by the current COVID-19 pandemic. 

This is an initiative of a broad range of Christian communities and includes the involvement of the National Council of Churches Australia. The theme is Lord have mercy; and it calls on us to be especially united in prayer, both individually and at our Sunday Masses.

The initiative  includes:

  • A Daily Devotion for seven days from 16th August;
  • A Prayer Call each night from 16th August, with input from different church leaders;
  • Zoom Prayer on Sunday 22nd August, from 9am-9pm, featuring church and Indigenous Christian leaders. Bishop McKenna will participate in this at 7.00pm.

Bishop Michael McKenna said: “We share in solidarity the sufferings of so many people in our state, our country and around the world. We are called to compassion with those who have been infected by the virus, as well as those whose psychological and economic well-being has been disrupted. We also look beyond our shores to the devastation in other countries, who lack the resources we have.”

There will also be an online gathering with church leaders offering prayers and reflections at various times during the day. Bishop McKenna will participate in a Zoom Call to Prayer at 7.00pm. You can view a message from him HERE.

You can find more information or register for any of the above at: National Day of Prayer and view video messages from Archbishop Julian Porteous, Archbishop Mark Coleridge, Bishop Antoine Charbel Tarabay, Bishop Terence Brady and Bishop Greg O'Kelly.


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