Tuesday, 18 January 2011

In 2011, the materials, prayers and worship for the Week of Prayer have been devised by the Christians of Jerusalem, from the Orthodox Church, the Melkite Greek Catholic Church, the Latin Catholic Patriarchate, the Syrian Orthodox Church, the Armenian Orthodox Church, the Anglican Church and the Lutheran Church, not forgetting the Maronite, Coptic, Ethiopian, Syrian Catholic, Armenian Catholic and various Evangelical communities that also exist in the City and the Holy Land.

Follow this link to the website of Churches Together in Britain and Ireland for the UK & Eire versions of the resources.

The theme chosen for 2011 is: "One in the apostles' teaching, fellowship, breaking of bread and prayer" (cf. Acts 2:42). The materials for the week of prayer and for the rest of 2011 have been jointly prepared by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. Each day of the Week will have a different theme:
  • 18 January: The Church in Jerusalem
  • 19 January: Many Members in One Body
  • 20 January: Devotion to the Apostles' Teaching Unites Us
  • 21 January: Sharing, an Expression of Our Unity
  • 22 January: Breaking the Bread in Hope
  • 23 January: Empowered to Action in Prayer
  • 24 January: Living in Resurrection Faith
  • 25 January: Called for the Service of Reconciliation

As we pray for the peace of Jerusalem, 18 to 25 January, we give thanks to God for the vast contribution made by the Christians of Syriac and Arab ecclesial families to the formation of Christianity's tradition and to its future.

At this time, we also pray for the unity of all Christians with the Apostolic See of Rome, with a special focus on the forthcoming work of ARCIC III and the ongoing progress of Anglican-Roman Catholic dialogue towards reconciliation and visisble unity. We pray too for the new Ordinariate of Our Lady Walsingham, that it may develop a rich and hopeful ecumenical charism, enriching the wider Catholic Church with the spiritual and ecclesial patrimony of the Anglican Church and its traditions, and equipping the Universal Church in full communion to be able to embrace Catholics and Anglicans in the unity of the apostolic faith. We also pray that Fr Keith Newton as he leads the Ordinariate will be blessed in his aim to use it as a means by which the Catholic Church in this country reaches out and works generously with the Church of England and the Church in Wales in the mission we share and in which Christ prays we be united.

And in the words of Father Paul Couturier, who reanimated the Week of Prayer in the 1930s and caused it to be the universal Church's celebration of faith, hope and love for visible unity and communion that we know today, we pray for the unity of all humanity in the charity and truth of Christ.

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