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Day of intercession in memory of those who have lost their lives at the borders of the EU: Information, Intercessions and Ideas

Tag der Fürbitte und des Gedenkens an die Toten an den Grenzen der EU Informationen, Fürbitten und Gestaltungsvorschläge
12 June 2015

Day of Prayer: Commemorating persons who lost their lives seeking safety

The Conference of European Churches calls on members and supporters to commemorate those who have died on their journey to find a dignified life in Europe with an annual day of prayer.

Together with the Churches’ Commission for Migrants in Europe (CCME), CEC is encouraging churches to hold services of commemoration on 21 June 2015, the Sunday closest to International Refugee Day.

Recent and ongoing war and strife in Syria, Libya, Eritrea and elsewhere have forced millions to flee their homelands. Due to strict border controls at EU external borders and with limited legal options to enter, refugees and migrants are forced to take extremely high risks or resort to using smugglers.

Between 2000 and 2014 more than 22 400 people are reported to have lost their lives on their way to Europe, often drowning at sea or suffocating in containers on trucks or ships.

Materials for prayer and worship have been prepared by CCME together with the German Ecumenical Committee on Church Asylum and the Evangelical Church in Germany (EKD).

They are available for download from the CCME website in English and German.

The easy to use and adapt resources include:
  • Background information
  • Summary for church newsletters
  • Ideas for worship
  • Prayers of intercession for those who have died
  • Prayers of intercession for those who assist
  • Meditation and message based on the theme
  • Further information and suggested resources
At its 2009 Assembly in Lyon CEC declared a commitment to this annual day of prayer, which was renewed by the 2013 Assembly in Budapest.

For more information or an interview, please contact: 

Erin Green
Communication Coordinator
Conference of European Churches

Rue Joseph II, 174 B-1000 Brussels
Tel. +32 2 234 68 42
Fax +32 2 231 14 13
Twitter: @ceceurope
The Conference of European Churches (CEC) is a fellowship of some 114 Orthodox, Protestant, Anglican and Old Catholic Churches from all countries of Europe, plus 40 national council of churches and organisations in partnership. CEC was founded in 1959. It has offices in Brussels and Strasbourg.
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