Pray with the people of Bethlehem

Christ is Born!
Glorify Him!
3rd Annual Bethlehem Prayer Service

Saturday, December 19, 2009
9:30 AM Gathering, 10:00 AM Service
(All times are Eastern Standard Time.)

This will be a joint simulcast service with the people of Bethlehem and people who gather at the Bethlehem Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral (3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC)

In the DC area?  Join worshipers in the Bethlehem Chapel at the National Cathedral.

Elsewhere? Gather with friends to watch the service by internet. (Note the link will not be live until the time of the service)

In Bethlehem, behind the wall that separates neighbor from neighbor, patient from hospital, student from school and farmer from land, Palestinian Christians continue to bear witness to their faith this Christmas, as they have done for generations.  Once again, let us join our voices with theirs in seeking and offering hope for a better future.

Prayers, readings, and hymns alternate between Washington, DC and Palestine via the Internet, bringing together people of different lands, languages, and ethnic backgrounds in celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace. 

Participants in Washington include the Rt. Rev. John Bryson Chane, Episcopal bishop of Washington; the Rt. Rev. Richard H. Graham, bishop of the ELCA Metropolitan Washington, D.C., Synod; and the Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, dean of the Cathedral. 

In Bethlehem, participants include the Rt. Rev. Suheil Dawani, bishop of the Anglican Diocese of Jerusalem; the Rt. Rev. Munib Younan, bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land, and the Rev. Dr. Mitri Raheb from Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.

Sponsored by:
Ad Hoc Committee for Bethlehem
Bright Stars of Bethlehem
Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation
Sharing Jerusalem
Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace
Find updated information about the service.

We hear the Christmas angels the great glad tidings tell;
O come to us, abide with us, our Lord Emmanuel!

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