Toronto to host nationwide prayer gathering
By Rob Horsley | Thursday, July 12, 2012
Photo courtesy of Faytene Grasseschi.
TORONTO, ONChristians from across Canada will gather on July 28 for "The Cry," an event taking place at the historic Massey Hall in Toronto where thousands will participate in music, fasting, and most specifically, prayer.
Faytene Grasseschi, director of The Cry, which began its annual event in 2002, comments on the event tagline that states: "It's not a concert, it's not a conference, it's a cry."
"Right since the beginning, we really felt the Lord impress on our heart that we were to gather the people of Canada together for these mass prayer events…and specifically for that: to cry out and to pray."
Though other events and activities will occur besides the prayer sessions, the focus of the event is still in the act of praying on a variety of topics.
"For this particular Cry, we're definitely carrying the next generation on our hearts," says Grassechi. "We're going to have a set time where we're praying for the educational system and for God to move in the educational system all across Canada."
Prayer topics will also include praying for government, media, freedom of religion, unity of the Church, and unity as a nation, among others.
Massey Hall is located near the Eaton's Centre in Toronto, the site of a fatal gang-related shooting in early June. Regarding the need for prayer nearby, Grasseschi says, "We actually signed the contract with Massey Hall before the Eaton's shooting happened, so that was not a natural consideration. But we think that with God there's no coincidences."