International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 18th-25th January

The International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place as ever from 18-25 January.

Naturally in these times of a global pandemic we are unable to meet physically with fellow Christians to pray and study together.

The material for this year has been prepared by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland. The theme that was chosen, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.

This year we invite you to take time each day to pray for Christian Unity. There are resources available on the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website. You can also find out more about the Ecumenical movement on the island of Ireland through the website of the Irish Council of Churches & the Irish Inter Church Meeting.

Reflecting on this particular week our Diocesan Ecumenical Officer Dr Daniel Nuzum said “Abide in my love’ (Ag maireachtáil i gCríost) , the theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 is an apt one in these times when we need connectedness more than ever, not just within our churches but between our Churches in our common solidarity of love, care, hope and justice. While we can not be together physically, our spiritual wellbeing and connectedness is more important than ever. Please join us in prayer, and reach out to those who may not be online so that together we may indeed abide in the love of God”.

The material for this year is available in English, Irish and Welsh and contains daily reflections and a liturgy to share. You are invited to follow updates on social media and to post any images/ reflections you may have on twitter using the hashtag #WPCU2021.

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