Call to Prayer of Peace in the Holy Land
WCC Central Committee – Geneva (Switzerland)

The Central Committee of the WCC meeting in Geneva (March 1990) warmly welcomes the initiative of the Middle East Council of Churches (MECC), “Christians for Peace in the Holy Land”, calling the churches around the world to join the churches in Jerusalem for prayers for peace in the Holy Land during the period from Palm Sunday to Pentecost, dates this year shared by all churches.

As the MECC’s letter to the churches says, “The Palm Sunday prayer will initiate a period of action and reflection which could include prayers and fasting, public events, representations to governments and other activities appropriate to highlight the urgency of peace-making in the Holy Land. The period of reflection and action will cumulate with Pentecost, on which occasion a second prayer will be issued by the churches in Jerusalem invoking the Holy Spirit, whose unifying prayer should enable people in the Holy Land to break down the walls of separation and make God’s peace prevail in the City of Peace, Jerusalem.”

The Central Committee of the WCC acknowledges the covenant made between Christian, Jewish and Muslim participants of the region at the World Convocation on Justice, Peace and Integrity of Creation in March 1990, and encourages its member churches:

1.    to join with the churches in Jerusalem in special prayers and actions for peace in the Holy Land in the ecumenical programme “Christians for Peace in the Holy Land” beginning on Palm Sunday and concluding at Pentecost;

2.    to use the special “Prayer for Jerusalem” for the worship service on Palm Sunday;

3.    to continue to make all the efforts for peace with justice in the Holy Land based on the mutual recognition of the Israeli and Palestinian people on the basis of equality, and on the realization of the national aspiration of the Palestinian people.