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International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity January 18-25, 2016

The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Called to Proclaim the Mighty Acts of the Lord." (cf. Peter 2:9). According to Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute (GEII), "The theme finds its origins in the First Letter of Peter. The relationship between baptism and proclamation, and the calling shared by all the baptized to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord was inspired by two verses from the First Letter of St Peter." To purchase materials for your worship community for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, check out GEII on the web!

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 i 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 2016 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


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