Light Up the World: A World-Wide Prayer Chain

The team at has just launched a new initiative called Light Up the World. This website,, is a devotional space for everyone, regardless of their beliefs, to offer prayers and positive thoughts of peace and healing as the world continues to suffer from the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.

The site is designed so you can pledge to say a prayer or share a reflection at a specific time, and that prayer or thought is shared on the site so others can say it with you. Your specific location on the spinning globe is lit up during the time that your prayer is offered.

Payam Zamani, the founder of this project, shared: “The purpose of it is very simple, it’s just to show love.”

You can check out Light Up the World here:

Read about the initiative in this article on One Planet. One People. United by a Prayer Chain. 

If you’d like to know more about the centrality of prayer and devotion to community life, you may wish to check out this introductory Baha’i Blog video: What Are Devotional Gatherings?

You can also find out more about Payam and in this podcast episode: Baha’i Blogcast with Rainn Wilson – Episode 5: Payam Zamani

About the Author

Sonjel Vreeland

In her innermost heart, Sonjel is a stay-at-home parent and a bookworm with a maxed out library card but professionally she is a museologist with a background in English Literature. She currently lives on Prince Edward Island, an isle in the shape of a smile on the eastern Canadian coast. Sonjel is a writer who loves to listen to jazz when she's driving at night.

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