Whilst in the Northern Hemisphere Christians pray during a Week of prayer for Christian Unity from 18 to 25 January, in the Southern Hemisphere that period of prayer extends from Ascension Day to the Day of Pentecost. This year the resources for this period have been provided from Korea.
This divided country points to the words from Ezekiel 37:17 “That they may become one in your hand.” The prophet Ezekiel also lived in a tragically divided nation and longed for the unity of his people.
2008 marked the centenary of this week of prayer, having begun in 1908, by the Rev. Paul Wattson, a North American Anglican priest, who founded the “Octave for unity”. The Faith and Order movement began publishing “Suggestions for an octave of prayer for Christian unity” in 1926 and in 1966, the WCC Commission on Faith and Order and the Roman Catholic Secretariat for Promoting Christian Unity (now known as the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity-PCPCU) began official joint preparation of materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Remember you can also go to the virtual chapel to pray on this site – including the possibility of lighting a candle there for Christian Unity.
- Week of prayer for Christian unity
- Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
- Christians are not United when to Pray for Unity
- Christian Unity
- Week starting January 23