On the occasion of the opening of the annual session of the General Assembly of the United Nations, the Permanent Observer Mission of the Holy See to the United Nations traditionally sponsors a Prayer Service for the United Nations Diplomatic Community and personnel, together with religious and ecumenical leaders in the New York area.
This year the Prayer Service will take place on Monday September 11, 2017, at 6:00 p.m. at the Church of the Holy Family, 315 East 47th Street (between First and Second Avenues), the eve of the opening of the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly.
There will be brief meditation from a religious leader based on the theme chosen for the 72nd General Debate, “Focusing on People: Striving for peace and a decent life for all on a sustainable planet” and the Secretary General and the President-elect of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly will give brief reflections.
Prayers will be offered in gratitude for all that the 71st Session of the UN General Assembly has been able to achieve, and for the success of the 72nd Session of the General Assembly. It will be an occasion to entrust to God our efforts for peace in the world, for the development and advancement of the human family, and for a solution to the ongoing refugee and migration crisis.