Cover of the WCC publication "Voices of Lament, Hope and Courage"

Voices of Lament, Hope, and Courage

A Week of Prayer in the Time of the COVID-19 Pandemic
Edited by:
Marianne Ejdersten
Albin Hillert
Dr Manoj Kurian
Rev. Dr Odair Pedroso Mateus
Rev. Dr Mikie Roberts
Rev. Dr Benjamin Simon
Lyn van Rooyen

To commemorate a year since the World Health Organization (WHO) declared the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic, the World Council of Churches provides this resource for a week of prayer.

This book was designed as a resource for use in prayer groups, congregational services, personal prayer, and in the pastoral accompaniment of those directly affected in different ways by the pandemic. The prayers, messages, reflections, statistics and WCC resources have roots in faith challenged by mourning, fear and uncertainty in different contexts worldwide. 

Specs: 186 pages; A5; PDF; perfect; 4-colour cover

ISBN:  978-2-8254-1757-7

Shelving/Topics: Religion/Health

Rights: World, all languages

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An act of fellowship and commitment

The preparation of this book was an act of fellowship crossing many confessional and cultural boundaries. It brought together regional ecumenical organizations, church leaders, councils of churches, students, and WCC partner organizations. The World Council of Churches is grateful for their inspiring participation and support

The aim is to bring hope and courage in a time of challenge.

In the foreword, WCC acting general secretary Rev. Prof. Dr Ioan Sauca reflects that one year has passed since the World Health Organization declared the spread of COVID-19 a pandemic.

“During the week, we will gather to offer intercessions, especially for the most vulnerable and those on the frontline caring for them, often under harsh circumstances,” he writes. “We will recommit ourselves to active compassion across what separates us, in obedience to the one who had compassion for the crowds and ministered for their healing.”