FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
What is a prayer vigil?
The vigils are prayer gatherings that will take place around the world, where people will pray in unity for Pastor Saeed and persecuted Christians. Each vigil is unique and can range from large gatherings in front of government buildings to private meetings in homes and churches. Please keep in mind that these vigils are not protests and should be aimed at uplifting Saeed and the persecuted church.
When will the prayer vigils take place?
The prayer vigils will take place on Saturday, September 26, 2015, the third anniversary of Saeed’s continued imprisonment in Iran. Most vigils will take place at 12 noon local time, but they can take place at other times where circumstances call for setting a unique time. We are also encouraging churches to dedicate their weekend services to prayer for the persecuted church.
How do I host a prayer vigil?
It’s simple – to host a vigil you commit to gathering people together to pray for Pastor Saeed and persecuted Christians. We have chosen Saturday, September 26th as a day to pray in unity together.
Hosting a prayer vigil involves finding a location where a number of people can gather to pray, organizing a prayer-focused event, and, if open to the public, promoting it among local churches and the community. In the past, some vigil leaders have invited speakers to bring a short message of hope at the vigil and bring musicians to lead participants in a few minutes of worship.
If you are a pastor, we encourage you to lead your congregations in prayer for Saeed and the persecuted during your church service on the weekend of September 26, 2015.
As a prayer vigil leader you are not obligated to make your prayer vigil look a certain way and you have a great deal of flexibility. The important thing is that you gather people together to pray! If you would like to lead a prayer vigil, please register here. Upon registration you will receive a packet with additional details and resources that will guide you as you plan.
Where can I read more information about Saeed’s story?
You can read a synopsis of Saeed’s story at http://www.beheardproject/saeed if you scroll down the page to “Read the Story.” Scroll down the page again to “Read the latest” to find the ACLJ’s most recent blog posts related to Saeed’s case.
Can I have a prayer vigil at a state capitol building or city hall?
Certainly! We encourage prayer vigils at these locations as well as at churches, parks, or schools. However, if you are considering hosting a vigil at a state capitol, city hall, courthouse or some other government owned property, you may need a permit. We strongly encourage you to research permitting requirements and start applying for any necessary permits as soon as possible.
What if I want to host a vigil but I don’t want it listed on your website?
If you would like to host a private vigil, please register and check the box that says “Make this information private” on the Registration Page. Only your city and state will appear on our website. We include this generic information to show solidarity between those praying all over the world.
What if I want to host a vigil but I am not certain of the time or location yet?
Please still register your vigil so you can have access to the packet of information to help you plan your vigil. The form will require you put a location and time of the vigil, so please make your best effort to provide an accurate time and location. Should you need to change your registration information at a later date, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.