2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
October-26-12// by: Marcel de Hêtre
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity What does God require of us?
January 18th to 25th, 2013
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held from January 18 to 25. This is the octave proposed by Paul Wattson in 1908, because it begins with the feast of St Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St Paul. Finding ways to pray together during this January week means that we are in harmony with people around the world, which brings its own graces; in this way, we join with all who are praying, reflecting, studying, and even eating and drinking together to celebrate and pray for Christian unity.
The theme and a focus biblical text are prepared by an international Joint Committee of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. National and regional councils of churches work to adapt and add to these resources as appropriate to their local context. The Canadian resources are produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by The Canadian Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Witness.
The team, made up of members from constituent churches of the CCC, meets in February and April to prepare the text and adapt the worship service for Canadian churches for the following year.
A resource kit, including posters, bulletins, and a formatted order of service, is now available for download or if you prefer, you may order directly from the Canadian Council of Churches using this form.
Download the Order of Service
Read the planning tips
Download the hymn suggestions
Download the biblical commentary and homilitical helps
Download the Eight Days of Prayer Bible Study