Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018

Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power (Exodus 15:6)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity began in 1908 as the Octave of Christian Unity, and focused on prayer for church unity. The dates of the week were proposed by Father Paul Wattson, cofounder of the Graymoor Franciscan Friars. He conceived of the week beginning on the Feast of the Confession of Peter, on 18 January, and concluding with the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on 25 January.

The Churches Together in Rome traditionally celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by organizing an ecumenical service in one of the member churches. Member churches arrange other events ranging from specific prayer gatherings to lectures and worship services.

The theme for this year is ‘Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power’ (Exodus 15:6), the song of Moses and Miriam, and has been chosen to support the efforts of Caribbean Christians of many different traditions in ending political oppression, economical exploitation, and slavery. More information on this complex issue can be found on the resource pages for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity here.

Thursday, 18 January

4.30 pm Centro Pro Unione

Chieti and the Trajectory of Catholic-Orthodox Dialogue
Rev. Msgr. Paul McPartlan
Carl J. Peter Professor of Systematic Theology and Ecumenism,
School of Theology and Religious Studies, The Catholic University of America

followed by

An Ecumenical Celebration of the Word

Presider: Don Anthony Currer
Member of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity

Preacher: The Rev’d Ruth Frampton
Assistant Curate, Holy Trinity Church, Salcombe, England

The afternoon will conclude with refreshments

6pm S. Paolo Fuori le Mura

Evensong with the Anglican community of All Saints

Presider: Rev. Jonathan Boardman

Friday, 19 January

6pm S. Paolo Fuori le Mura

Evening Prayer with the Evangelical Lutheran community of  Rome

Presider: The Rev Jens-Martin Kruse

Sunday, 21 January

5pm St. Patrick’s American Church

Churches Together in Rome Unity Service

Presider: Fr. Tony Currer Pontifical Council for Promoting Chriatian Unity

Monday, 22 January

6.30pm starting at Piazza di Spagna

Vicariate of Rome Christian Unity Service

beginning at 18:30 with Walk of Witness
from Piazza di Spagna to S. Andrea della Fratte

Tuesday, 23 January

5.45pm  S. Paolo Fuori le Mura

Evening Liturgy led by the Romanian Orthodox Community

Presider: Bishop Siluan 

Thursday, 25 January

6pm S. Paolo Fuori le Mura

Papal Vespers

Presider: Pope Francis

(ticket only – please contact the Parish Office)


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