World Day of Prayer
The origins of World Day of Prayer date back to the 19th century when Christian women of the United States and Canada initiated a variety of cooperative activities in support of women’s involvement in mission at home and other parts of the world.
The first Friday of Lent was established as a joint day of prayer for mission and was celebrated for the first time on February 20, 1920. The day of prayer spread rapidly throughout the USA. In 1922, the Canadian women, who had begun celebrating a day of prayer in 1895, took up the same date.
By the beginning of 1927 the call to prayer that was issued was for a World Day of Prayer for Missions. In 1928, the title of the day was shortened to “The World Day of Prayer”.