Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

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weekofprayerFor more than 100 years The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been an important expression of ecumenical activity at the local level. The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer are chosen and prepared by representatives of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The events in most parts of the world are scheduled from January 18-25 each year, corresponding with the Feast of Saint Peter and the conversion of Saint Paul.

The 2017 theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has been selected. On the occasion of the 500th anniversary year of the beginnings of the Reformation, the theme: “Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us” (2 Corinthians 5:14-20) has been chosen. The materials for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has two accents: reflection upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation and secondly recognizing the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the unity of the Church. In selecting this theme, it is viewed as an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation.

The international texts are developed, adapted and published for use in the USA by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.

Visit the Graymoor website for background information on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, ideas for planning a local Week of Prayer in your community in 2017, and an order form for materials.

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