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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 20, 2019 - January 25, 2019

Weekly Venue Listings here: https://www.weekofprayer.ca/2018-listings 

What is it?

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual ecumenical celebration. Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship.

You can use the resources on this website not only during the Week of Prayer itself, but throughout the year. Let them help you express the degree of communion already given to the churches, and to pray together that we may be more fully united in the one Christ.

Learn about the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity theme >

When does it take place?

In the northern hemisphere, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally held every year between January 18th (the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter) and January 25th (the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul). In the southern hemisphere, it is often celebrated during the Pentecost season. Your communities are invited to choose the dates that would be appropriate for your context.

Discover how to organize a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service >

Why does it matter?

In the Gospel of John, Christ prays for his disciples before going to the cross. He asks that his followers “may all be one,” as he and the Father are one, “so that the world may believe” and have life in his name (John 17). Christian unity is here made central to the very being of the church and to its mission and witness.

Today, we live with divisions even as we yearn for the unity promised and commissioned by Christ. The long and often painful history of Christianity has sundered our churches for theological, liturgical, and political reasons. Many Christians now strive to heal these divisions, yet honour our diversity, through ecumenical dialogue, common action, and relationship-building. They also come together to pray for unity, joining Christ in his prayer to the Father.

The worldwide celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is both the seed and and the fruit of this striving for ‘unity in diversity’. This time of shared prayer, reflection, and fellowship invites Christians of different traditions to deepen our relationships and to live and witness together throughout the year.

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Details

Start:
January 20, 2019
End:
January 25, 2019
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Website:
https://www.weekofprayer.ca/2018-listings

Organizer

WPCU Canada
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1 Corinthians 12:27

“Now you are the body of Christ and individually members of it.”

1 Corinthians 12:27

Matthew 18:20

Where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them.

Matthew 18:20

James 1:22

But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.

James 1:22

Psalm 100:2

Serve the Lord with gladness! Come into his presence with singing!

Psalm 100:2