Korean Christians were inspired by the prophet Ezekiel as they wrote material for the 2009 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme “One in your hand” was drawn from Ezekiel’s prayer that his divided nation be united in God.
Each year a different country takes the lead in writing materials for the week, which is traditionally celebrated between Jan. 18 and 25 (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere).
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity mobilizes Christians around the world to attend ecumenical prayer events, and is jointly coordinated by the World Council of Churches and the Roman Catholic Church. The Anglican Church of Canada has hosted and participated in many past events.
2008 marked the centenary of the week of prayer, and a Canadian book, Liturgies for Christian Unity: The First Hundred Years 1908-2008(Novalis, 2008) was published for the occasion.
Interested in an ecumenical event for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity? Check with your diocese to see what’s happening in your area, or use the materials from the Canadian Council of Churches to coordinate your own.
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