Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

“At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between 18-25 January, between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul. …

In order to prepare for the annual celebration, ecumenical partners in a particular region are invited to produce a basic liturgical text on a biblical theme. Then an international editorial team of WCC and Roman Catholic representatives refines this text to ensure that it can be prayed throughout the world, and to link it with the search for the visible unity of the church.” from http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/week-of-prayer

Theme for 2015: Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink” (John 4:7)

Brochure for 2015 http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources/documents/commissions/faith-and-order/xi-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity/2015/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2015/@@download/file/WPCU2015en.pdf

Resources http://www.oikoumene.org/en/resources

Resource from the Vatican http://www.vatican.va/roman_curia/pontifical_councils/chrstuni/weeks-prayer-doc/rc_pc_chrstuni_doc_20140611_week-prayer-2015_en.html

Resource from the Canadian Bishops http://www.cccb.ca/site/eng/media-room/announcements/4084-2015-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity

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