Thursday, December 10, 2009


3rd Annual Bethlehem Prayer Service

Christ is Born, Glorify Him!

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

A joint simulcast service with the people of Bethlehem at the Bethlehem Chapel of the Washington National Cathedral, 3101 Wisconsin Ave., NW, Washington, DC

Are you in the DC area? Then you are invited to join worshipers in the Bethlehem Chapel.

If you are elsewhere, we encourage to you gather with others in your own community to watch the service by internet as it is broadcast live at

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 Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate, The Episcopal Church; 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; the Very Rev. Samuel T. Lloyd III, dean of the Cathedral, and the Rev. Canon Stephen Huber, Cathedral vicar.

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 National Cathedral and the Washington Interfaith Alliance for Middle East Peace

For updated information about the service, go to Bright Stars Bethlehem.

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