International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians

The International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians, 5 May 2024, offers an opportunity to pray for peace in the world - especially in the Middle East.

Sunday, 5 May 2024

The International Day of Prayer for Eastern Christians is celebrated annually on the Sixth Sunday of Easter. It offers an opportunity for Eastern and Western Christians to come together to pray for peace in the world – especially in the Middle East.

Eastern and Western Christians are encouraged to take this opportunity during the season of Easter to come together in prayer. The occasion unites the Roman Catholic Church in Europe and the Eastern Catholic Churches in union with the Pope.

Please join us on this occasion in praying for an end to war and the reestablishment of unity and peace, and to give thanks for the steadfast witness of Eastern Christians in holding fast to their faith, traditions and biblical homelands, even though many suffer the effects of war and discrimination, especially those in Ukraine and the Palestinian territories who are dispossessed and displaced.

The venerable and ancient tradition of the Eastern Churches is an integral part of the heritage of Christ’s Church… the first need for Catholics is to be familiar with that tradition.

Pope St John Paul II, Orientale Lumen

How can I support the prayer day?

Prayers and bidding prayers are available for use on the day and ongoing.

Prayers for Eastern Christians

You can pray for Eastern Christians at Mass or in your homes using these prayers asking the Lord to sustain them, many of whom are suffering persecution, displacement and discrimination, in their faith.