The aim is „to overcome aversion and prejudices, to point out what unites Muslims and Christians” – said Bishop Henryk Ciereszko with regard to the 21st Day of Islam in the Catholic Church in Poland which will take place on January 26th.
The motto of this year’s Day of Islam is: „Christians and Muslims: Protecting Places of Worship Together.” „It emphasizes the importance and role of those places, the Catholic churches and Muslim mosques, where God is worshiped, prayers are recited, and an encounter with God is experienced,” – wrote Bishop Ciereszko, Delegate of the Polish Bishops’ Conference for Dialogue between Catholics and Muslims.
Traditionally celebrated after the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, it refers to the theme of the message of the Pontifical Council for Interreligious Dialogue addressed to the followers of Islam at the end of Ramadan, the Muslims’ month of fasting. In light of the pandemic, this year’s central celebration of the 21st Day of Islam (combined with local events) will take place online, on 26 January 2021 (Tuesday) at 6 p.m., broadcast on YouTube. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GRpmAfvTL-0&feature=emb_title
The program of the meeting includes the reading of messages of greeting from the Catholic and Muslim sides and prayers. Selected texts from the Holy Scriptures and from the Koran are read. Then, the prayer is conducted, on the Muslim side by an imam, and on the Catholic side by a Bishop. The meeting continues with Catholics reciting the „Our Father” and the call of the bishop to give one other a sign of peace. The celebration ends with the prayer of the Muslims and the blessing of the bishop.
Office for Foreign Communication of the Polish Bishops’ Conference