for One-Minute Each Night for the U.S.-Grass
Summary of the eRumor: |
A message that references one-minute of prayer
practiced each night in England during World War II. It says that
such an effort is being organized in the United States and urges
one-minute of prayer every night at 9:00 Eastern Time.
The Truth: |
This particular email started circulating in
2007. There was no particular group that we know of that was sponsoring it, but the email
circulated widely as other grass-roots campaigns of the past. How
much it caught on was impossible to tell.
The message mentions World War II and an adviser to Prime Minister Winston
Churchill who organized prayer each night for one-minute to pray for the
safety of England.
This may be referring to the efforts W. Tudor Pole, an English author,
adventurer, businessman, and mystic.
During World War II, he campaigned for what came to be called "The Big Ben
Silent Minute." The chiming of the Big Ben clock in London at 9:00
PM took about a minute. The chimes were broadcast each night on BBC
radio at the beginning of the 9:00 news. Pole suggested that the
hearing of the chimes, either in person, or on the BBC should be
accompanied by one minute of silent prayer for those who had been killed
that day in battle as well as remembering all who had been killed in the
war. Churchill supported the idea, which became known as the "Big
A real example of the eRumor as it has
appeared on the Internet:
ONE MINUTE EACH NIGHT
In WWII, there was an advisor to Churchill who organized a group of
people who dropped what they were doing every night at a prescribed
hour for one minute to collectively pray for the safety of England,
its people and peace. This had an amazing effect as bombing stopped.
There is now a group of people organizing the same thing here in
If you would like to participate: each evening at 9:00 PM
Eastern Time (8:00 PM Central, 7:00 PM Mountain, 6:00 PM Pacific),
stop whatever you are doing and spend one minute praying for the
safety of the United States, our troops, our citizens and for peace
in the world.
If you know anyone who would like to participate, please
pass this along. Someone said if people really understood the full
extent of the power we have available through prayer, we might be
Our prayers are the most powerful asset we have.