If you missed the 4th Annual Bethlehem Prayer Service, simulcast from the Washington National Cathedral last Saturday, you can enjoy the service courtesy of the cathedral's on-demand video:
The joint simulcast service joined the National Cathedral with Christmas Lutheran Church in Bethlehem.
Worshippers in the National Cathedral gathered with others in the USA and beyond who watched the service live. In Bethlehem, Palestinian Christians continue to bear witness to their faith this Christmas, as they have done for generations. Once again, voices were joined in seeking and offering hope for a better future.
Prayers, readings, and hymns alternated between Washington, D.C., and Bethlehem, bringing together people of different lands, languages and ethnic backgrounds in celebration of the birth of the Prince of Peace.
In Bethlehem, participants includes The Right Reverend Suheil Dawani, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem, the Right Reverend Munib Younan, Bishop of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Jordan and the Holy Land and President of the Lutheran World Federation, and the Rev. Mitri Raheb of Bethlehem's Christmas Lutheran Church.
Participants in DC included: The Most Reverend Katharine Jefferts Schori, Presiding Bishop and Primate of The Episcopal Church; The Right Reverend John Bryson Chane, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Washington; The Very Reverend Samuel T. Lloyd III, Dean of Washington National Cathedral; and The Reverend Richard H. Graham, Bishop, Metropolitan DC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
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