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An ecumenical prayer service commemorating the World Day of Prayer on March 3 was held at the Sacred Heart Parish, Töllergasse, 21. Vienna.
Filipino women living and working in Austria joined the ecumenical community in Vienna, praying together under the theme “Am I being unfair to you?” The Filipino women shared their stories of intergenerational wisdom, traditions, and experiences of God’s profound love and acceptance. The participants learned of a cultural practice called dagyaw, which is a communal way of laboring on neighbors’ farms and sharing the harvest among all. It is a way to build and sustain a community.
The theme “Am I being unfair to you?” is taken from Matthew 20:1–16, the parable of the laborers in the vineyard. While Jesus sees nothing wrong in giving generously, the workers react differently and feel entitled to receive more. Through the prayer service, the participants are called to confess, to take responsibility, and to answer God’s call for justice.
Sacrificial and benevolent mission offerings were also collected during the prayer service. The money collected will support projects specifically in the Philippines.
The Association of Pangasinenses in Austria served typical Filipino foods and sweets after the prayer service.
The World Day of Prayer is a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. World Day of Prayer promotes justice and equality for women through prayer, partnerships, service and celebration.
- Hector Pascua, Philippine-Press, Vienna