Online prayer service on World AIDS Day

The World Council of Churches (WCC) will host an online prayer service on World AIDS Day, observed this year on 1 December.

Altar for AIDS prayer

"Tackling the AIDS Pandemic...The State of the World" is the title of the April 23, 2012 LIGHTEN THE BURDEN IV program held at Hyde Park United Methodist Church in Tampa Florida as part of the 2012 United Methodist General Conference. The altar cross is draped with a red cloth creating the AIDS symbol.


The livestreamed service will compliment other materials, including a podcast, that reflect on the theme “Global Solidarity, Shared Responsibility.”

Prayers and reflections will center on how people, especially women and girls, and vulnerable communities, continue to experience injustices because of the HIV pandemic or COVID-19 pandemic. Those gathered will ponder, from a spiritual perceptive, the question: How can we, as followers of Jesus, take specific steps to overcome these challenges?

The service will also remember the more than 30 million people who have died from AIDS from the beginning of the HIV pandemic, and the nearly 40 million people who are currently living with HIV. Though remarkable progress that has been made over the last decades, 13 million children, young people, women and men, who urgently need life-saving medications, are yet to access care and treatment.

Prayers will be lifted up for faith communities at the forefront of mobilizing, caring, educating, learning, and living with people who have HIV. The prayer is also an opportunity to reaffirm  the commitment of the people of faith to strengthen global solidarity, and shared responsibility to overcome AIDS.

Prayers and liturgy developed by the WCC are available for WCC member churches and friends for use in their own contexts.

Join the online prayer service on World AIDS Day, 1 December: 4.30 PM Central European Time

Link to Order of prayer - in various languages




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