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World Day of Prayer service to be held March 1 at St. Ambrose in Yarmouth

Members of the group organizing the World Day of Prayer service in Yarmouth include (from left) Pat Gascoigne, Joanne LeBlanc and Cheryl Harding. The service this year will be held at St. Ambrose Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m.
Members of the group organizing the World Day of Prayer service in Yarmouth include (from left) Pat Gascoigne, Joanne LeBlanc and Cheryl Harding. The service this year will be held at St. Ambrose Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m. - Eric Bourque

Once again, Yarmouth is among the communities hosting World Day of Prayer services, with this year’s event to take place at St. Ambrose Cathedral Friday, March 1, at 7 p.m.

The focus this year is on Slovenia and the theme is Come – Everything is Ready.

The service, which lasts about an hour, is an ecumenical one and everyone is invited to attend

“This is open to anybody,” said Pat Gascoigne, a member of the organizing committee for the Yarmouth service.

If the weather is bad and the event has to be rescheduled, it will be pushed back to Monday, March 4, she said.

The service will last about an hour and will be followed by a reception.

Different Yarmouth churches take turns hosting the World Day of Prayer service from year to year.

Last year it was held at New Life Church and the country highlighted was the South American nation of Suriname.

Next year’s Yarmouth service will be hosted by the Salvation Army and the focus will be on Zimbabwe.

The home of World Day of Prayer in Canada is the Women’s Inter-Church Council of Canada (WICC).

The organization was founded in 1918 by a group of Canadian women.

Today, the WICC says its “mission is to empower Christians to pursue justice, peace and reconciliation by standing together in prayer and action.”

Slovenia

The World Day of Prayer Committee of Slovenia has prepared this year’s World Day of Prayer service.

A few quick things about Slovenia:

--Slovenia is a Central European country of about 2 million people.

--The country’s biggest city – Ljubljana – has a population of about 280,000.

--The country’s official language is Slovene.

--Average winter temperatures fall below 0 degrees Celsius, but the summers are pretty hot.

--There is a five-hour time difference between the Maritimes and Slovenia.

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