Saturday, January 18, 2020

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25 - Promoted by Bishops and Vatican - Free Resources - #ChristianUnity


International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity  

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019: Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years . . . , in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity.  By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one."  (cf. John 17:21)
In preparation for the WPCU, ecumenical partners in a particular region were asked to prepare a basic text on a biblical theme. Then an international group organized through the World Council of Churches (WCC) and The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity edited this text, which was jointly published by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. . . and WCC, through their Commission on Faith and Order. . . .  The WCC accompanied the entire production process of the text. The final material was sent to member churches and Roman Catholic dioceses, and they were invited to translate the text and contextualize it for their own use.
Further promotional and preparatory materials for the 2018 WPCU can be found through the World Council of Churches. . . and the Graymoor Ecumenical and Interreligious Institute. . . websites, including:
  • Suggestions for observing the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Thematic poster art, music, and prayer cards (English/Spanish)
  • Scripture readings, commentaries and questions for reflection
  • Ecumenical prayer service model
  • Historical and contextual information
  • Above Full Text Release from USCCB
FULL English Prayer guide for the Week available from the Vatican here:
Prayer Forgiving God, set us free from the painful memories of the past, that wound our shared Christian life. Lead us to reconciliation so that, through the Holy Spirit we may overcome hatred with love, anger with gentleness, and suspicion with trust. We ask this in the name of your beloved Son, our brother Jesus. Amen.

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