Addressing a delegation of the national Federation of Catholic Weeklies,…
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from 18 – 25 Jan 2018.
This year’s theme is “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power” (Exodus 15:6) Apart from this theme there are also different themes for each individual day which are:
January 18 Welcoming the Stranger
January 19 No Longer a Slave
January 20 Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit
January 21 Hope and Healing
January 22 Unity in Christ: Hearing the Cries of the Poor
January 23 Let us look to the interests of Others
January 24 Building a Family in household and Church
January 25 Our Covenant with God
The resources for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the churches of the Caribbean.
According to the annual brochure jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches, “the contemporary Caribbean is deeply marked by the dehumanising project of colonial exploitation.”
The document goes on to say that “today Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of the saving action of God which brings freedom. For this reason the choice of the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21), as the motif of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018 was considered a most appropriate one.”
The daily reflections raise a number of issues facing the churches of the Caribbean, such as human trafficking and modern day slavery, challenges facing the family, and migration.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was first proposed in 1908 as an observance within the Catholic Church by Father Paul Wattson, founder of the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement in Graymoor, New York, because it begins with the feast of St Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St Paul. – vatican news