German Day of Repentance and Prayer

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AKA NameBuß- und Bettag
2020 Date18 November 2020
2021 Date17 November 2021
German Day of Repentance and Prayer

German Day of Repentance and Prayer History

Day of Repentance and Prayer serves as an opportunity for Germans to pray and reflect quietly on life. The day also serves as a holiday to share with family and friends.

Day of Repentance and Prayer is celebrated annually on the last Wednesday before November 23 and 11 days before Advent. The day originally began in the German State of Saxony in the late 19th century. Although it is observed around the country, since 1994, only the state of Saxony celebrates it as a public holiday.

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German Day of Repentance and Prayer Facts & Quotes

  • About 70% of Germans consider themselves to be Christians, about half of this number claim to be Protestant and the other half Catholic.
  • After WW2, in Eastern Germany, Catholics were persecuted for their beliefs. Communism did not support religion.
  • On 31 October 1517, Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the Wittenberg Castle Church door in Germany, denouncing the olden ways of the church. This move led to church reformation in Europe and Protestant reformation.
  • The value of consistent prayer is not that he will hear us, but that we will hear him. - William McGill, American psychologist
  • Repentance and remission of sins should be preached to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem - (Luke 24:47).

German Day of Repentance and Prayer Top Events and Things to Do

  • Generate awareness on social media by using hashtags such as #RepentanceandPrayer and #PrayandReflect.
  • Go to a mosque. Many mosques in Germany are open to different religions on this holiday in order to support the notion of an inclusive country and religious acceptance.
  • Watch a movie about religion. Try watching movies such as Luther (2003), God's Not Dead (2014), The Passion of the Christ (2004), Inside Islam (2002), The Journey to Mecca (2009) and Kumare (2011).
  • Support religious and civil freedom in your country. Donate to organisations and charities that support these freedoms worldwide.
  • Indulge in some traditional German foods to celebrate the National Day. Enjoy Apfelstrudel, Eintopf, Kasespatzle, Shnitzel and Wurst.

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