Cuban flavour to Women's World Day of Prayer

Women's World Day of Prayer was marked in a special church service with a Cuban flavour in Burnley.

Sunday, 13th March 2016, 8:22 am
Photo Neil Cross Invited guests attending Women's World Day of Prayer at St Mary's RC Church, Yorkshire Street, Burnley

More than 40 people, including the Mayor of Burnley, Coun. Liz Monk and her Consort Richard, braved the deep snow to attend the service at St Mary’s RC Church on Friday.

Sadly, due to the heavy snow that day, Blessed Trinity RC College had been forced to close, preventing its students from taking part in the service.

Their place was taken by Chelsea Alexander, a granddaughter of one of the committee members.

Photo Neil Cross Linda Sawley at Women's World Day of Prayer at St Mary's RC Church, Yorkshire Street, Burnley

Linda Sawley, a committee member, said: “Members did readings in the service as did the Mayor.

“The attendees were welcomed at the door with a glass of lemonade, which is a traditional form of greeting in Cuba, whose ladies had written this year’s service.

“They also received a card with the traditional flower of Cuba, the butterfly jasmine, printed on it.

“Each person wrote their name on the card, and then these were gathered in, but given out again, to a different person, so that they could pray for them.

Photo Neil Cross Linda Sawley at Women's World Day of Prayer at St Mary's RC Church, Yorkshire Street, Burnley

“The reflection was given by the Rev. Liz Jewitt, who explored the theme that Jesus said to receive children, as it was the same as receiving him.

“She then challenged the congregation to not only receive children, but to help and welcome everyone, regardless of who they were.”