prayer meeting


: a usually informal gathering for worship and prayer
especially : a Protestant worship service usually held on a week night

called also prayer service

Examples of prayer meeting in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In reality, this coach was holding overt post-game prayer meetings on the 50-yard line, ones that an atheist player felt compelled to attend to keep off the bench. The Editors, Scientific American, 10 July 2024 Then, at a 2007 prayer meeting, the spirit moved Trewhella to do more. ProPublica, 10 July 2024 Many of the scores killed had fallen into an open sewer near a large prayer meeting, known as a satsang, in Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state. Alexandra Banner, CNN, 3 July 2024 At the end of the Season 9 premiere, Will accepted a job in Newcastle, where the boat-rocker will be able to focus full-time on helping people in need rather than moonlight as a detective because his dwindling congregation requires little more than bake sales and prayer meetings. Mandi Bierly, TVLine, 16 June 2024 When a Hindutva activist and RSS member assassinated Gandhi during a multifaith prayer meeting in 1948, the government imposed a year-long ban against the group – one of several during the country’s early history. Aakash Hassan, The Christian Science Monitor, 18 Apr. 2024 Gandhi’s last plea, after receiving three bullets from close range during his morning prayer meeting, was to the same deity that the Hindu right would later rally around at Ayodhya. Hari Kumar Atul Loke, New York Times, 22 Jan. 2024 Him, my mother, and the headmaster, kinda like a prayer meeting. Anna Deavere Smith, The Atlantic, 13 Nov. 2023 Every day, employees at Aurora Pro Services, a North Carolina home-repair company, would gather for a mandatory prayer meeting, according to a federal complaint. Daniel Wu, Washington Post, 7 Aug. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1721, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of prayer meeting was in 1721

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“Prayer meeting.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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