17th May, Vigil of Prayer for Victims of Homophobia
‘God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean’, Acts 10:28.
In front of such much gratuitous violence against the homosexuals, and considering the ear-piercing silence of the world; as Christians coming from different confessions and progress of faith, we believe that it is in our duty to give some concrete answer, obviously, we won’t keep silence.
That is why on May 17th we will meet together in several cities of Italy to celebrate many vigils of prayer to remember the victims of homophobia and to smash in, through our testimony, the wall of silence and embarrassment that usually prevails in our churches and our society about this heavy problem.
On May 17th Catholics, Old Catholics, Methodists, Baptists, etc…: we will meet together in our churches, in our communities, in our houses to fling a yell of hope, in order that all these things get to an end. In this spirit we invite all believers to start vigils of prayer in their communities as a signal of hope.
On May 17th , you too may organize a vigil together with your friends, your group of believers, your family, your community, in your church or house a vigil -in a public or in a private way- on the 17 of May in order to share this hope with the others.
It is up to you, as Christians, to decide whether it is time to break your silence or not. For further information visit the website https://www.gionata.org/17th-may-vigil-of-prayer-for-victims-of-homophobia.html
Besides, if you want also to communicate the realization of a vigil of prayer for the victims of homophobia in your city also, you may contact us by writing to firstname.lastname@example.org
Guide-text for the vigils> Vigil for the remembrance of the victims of homophobia (file pdf)
On May 17th 2011 we will stay up late together praying for the victims of homophobia
“But God has shown me that I should not call anyone impure or unclean” (Acts 10,28). This year the gay Christian groups chose this verse for the vigils of prayer against homophobia which will take place the week before May 17th (the international day against homophobia).
The vigils were born in Italy five years ago after the gay Christian group from Florence, Kairos, launched an appeal, but nowadays they are held all around the world, in Venezuela, Chile, Germany and Spain …
Also this year, during the week before the17th of May – the International Day Against Homophobia – many vigils of prayer will take place in several Italian cities, European and South American countries to remember the victims of homophobia.
The initiative started in Italy 5 years ago and in the following years the number of supporters has increased.
The project involves an increasing number of groups of homosexual believers, Christian communities (Catholic, Waldensian and Baptist), many organizations and ecclesiastical groups from several Italian cities …
First held in 2007 by the action of Kairos, LGBT Christian group based in Florence, to commemorate a young boy, Matteo, who committed suicide due to homophobic harassement at school, the Vigil of Prayer for Victims of Homophobia has now reached its fourth consecutive edition …