Magazine article Anglican Journal

Liturgy Available to Parishes Marking World AIDS Day

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Liturgy Available to Parishes Marking World AIDS Day

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The Primate's World Relief and Development Fund (PWRDF) has created a vigil liturgy, with a special focus on women, girls, and HIV-AIDS, for use by parishes and groups on World AIDS Day this Dec. 1.

The vigil service, designed for use during the first week of Advent (but which can be adapted for use throughout the year), was inspired by an event witnessed by Zaida Bastos, PWRDF co-ordinator for Africa, during a visit to a Point of Light house, a project supported by PWRDF in Etwatwa, South Africa.

"Mothers in their 20s and 30s who know they are dying of AIDS gather weekly in Point of Light houses to share their experience with one another in a pastoral setting and build Memory Boxes that will be given to their children on the day they die," PWRDF said in a release explaining the vigil. "The women invited Zaida to share their lunch and later shared letters they had put in their Memory Boxes--stories about where they came from, how they contracted AIDS, letters to their children."

Profoundly moved, Ms. Bastos shared this experience with PWRDF staff who asked the Point of Light group if some of these letters could be read at this year's World AIDS Day vigil. …

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