• collect/opening prayer reflection for January 23 and week following (NZPB & Common Worship)
RC “Received Text”:
Almighty ever-living God,
direct our actions according to your good pleasure,
that in the name of your beloved Son
we may abound in good works.
Through our Lord…
(Source: The Hadrianum, a papal sacramentary given by Pope Hadrian I to Charlemagne in 785/6. There it is a prayer for “another Sunday” in January.)
Give us grace, O Lord,
to answer readily the call of our Savior Jesus Christ
and proclaim to all people the Good News of his salvation,
that we and the whole world
may perceive the glory of his marvelous works;
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen.
(Source: Massey H. Shepherd).
Christians cannot agree which week to pray for Christian unity (!) so this week (18-25 January) is when Northern Hemisphere Christians pray for unity.
Textweek resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
As well as ordinary comments, you can add ideas, resources, hymns,… for celebrating this Sunday, and for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity…
In the Southern Hemisphere, and certainly in Aotearoa-New Zealand, this is our go-slow time… So – sometimes your comments may take longer than usual to get through moderation…