Litany in Honor of Women Here and Around the World

A 21st Century Africana Worship Resource
by Stacey Cole Wilson

One Voice: With holy reverence, we remember irreplaceable women, O God. We honor those who nurtured us and taught us to honor and love you, O God.

Many Voices: May their example of Christian faith help transform us into your image.

One Voice: We honor women who feed the hungry, clothe the unclothed, befriend the lonely, and comfort the comfortless. We bless them for unselfishly loving your people as you love us.

Many Voices: May you continue to meet their needs as they minister to others.

One Voice: We honor women grieving the loss of loved ones.

Many Voices: May you, O God, continue to comfort them with your Word, spoken and blessed. May we learn to encourage them as they have encouraged us.

One Voice: We honor women pregnant with your unborn sons and daughters, O God.

Many Voices: May You shelter them and the children they bear under the shadow of your almighty Presence.

One Voice: We honor our sisters throughout the world who need your spiritual, economic, and physical healing.

Many Voices: May you meet their needs, Holy One, according to your riches in glory, we pray.

One Voice: We honor all the women who have gone before us, named and unnamed.

Many Voices: We give you thanks, O God.

One Voice: We bless those who wept for us, rejoiced with us, wiped our tears, prayed for us, and laughed with us.

Many Voices: We give you thanks, O God.

One Voice: We bless those who undauntedly sacrificed for us.

Many Voices: We give you thanks, O God.

One Voice: We honor all those who stand alongside and for these women. We bless those who encourage them to dream, who bring out the best in them, who help them bear their burdens, and who love them rightly, O God.

All Voices: May You watch over and keep all your people, these women and all who love them, with your care, gracious God. Consecrate this day for your glory. In the name of the Triune God, the one who parents us and creates us, who redeems us, and empowers us forever. Amen.

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Stacey Cole Wilson serves as the Associate Pastor of Linthicum Heights UMC in Linthicum Heights, Maryland, and is a member of the Baltimore-Washington Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.

"Litany in Honor of Women Here and Around the World" copyright © 2005 Stacey Cole Wilson. Used with permission.

Categories: Worship, Worship Planning, Lectionary Calendar, Lectionary Planning Archive, Civil Observances, Womens History Month, Services and Liturgies, 21st Century Africana, 21st Century Liturgy, Other

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