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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue
(Deuteronomy 16:18-20, NRSV)

January is a month when Christians around the world pay particular attention to the unity of the church. Specifically, Christians dedicate an entire week during the month to pray for unity among the followers of Jesus and especially to overcome historical and present divisions that exist between church communities.

This year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated in Canada from January 18 to 25, 2019

The theme for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity comes to us from Indonesia: “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue” (Deuteronomy 16:18-20). This year’s theme calls us to move from shared prayer to shared action. Drawing on the traditional values of Bhineka Tunggal Ika (Unity in Diversity) and gotong royong (living in solidarity and by collaboration), Indonesian Christians invite us to be a united witness, and an agent of Christ’s healing grace in a broken world, by making specific commitments to justice, equality, and unity.

Worship materials for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were prepared by a working group of ecumenical leaders from Indonesia, and activities for the week are meant to have a distinctly Indonesian flavour. 

A resource kit to help prepare for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is available as a free download from https://www.weekofprayer.ca/2019-wpcu-resources. The materials from the kit may be used in various ways. Churches and Christian communities could:

  • observe the week of prayer together through a single common service;
  • incorporate “Week of Prayer” materials into their own services;
  • observe the week of prayer in their worship for each day during the week;
  • engage in Bible studies on the “Week of Prayer” theme.

Those who chose to pray privately may have found the materials helpful for focusing their prayer intentions. They can be mindful that they are in communion with others praying all around the world for the greater visible unity of Christ’s Church.

For more information about the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity or for help planning a celebration in your local area, please contact Julien in the Archdiocesan Office of Ecumenical & Interreligious Relations, 780-469-1010, ext. 2133, or email by clicking the Contact Us link and selecting Ecumenical and Interreligious Relations.