Resources for Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

Photo of Nablus‘We Saw His Star in the East’.
Materials for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022 have been prepared by the churches of the Middle East and are available to download in a variety of formats, including accessible.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from the 18th to the 25th January, though some areas observe it at Pentecost.

Pope Francis has tweeted: “Like the Magi who came from the East to Bethlehem to honour the Messianic King, we Christians are also pilgrims on the way toward full unity, in the diversity of our confessions and traditions. Let us #PrayTogether and keep our eyes fixed on Jesus, our only Lord. #ChristianUnity”

The story of the Magi visiting the Holy Family in Bethlehem is one very familiar to us. The Magi have sometimes been seen as a symbol of the world’s diversity – different religions and cultures – that comes to pay homage to the Christ-child. The story might therefore represent the unity of all created that God desires.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 has been prepared by the churches of the Middle East, the history of which was, and still is, characterised by conflict and strife, tainted with blood and darkened by injustice and oppression. The Christians of the Middle East offer these resources conscious that the world shares many of the travails and much of the difficulties that it experiences, and yearns for a light to lead the way to the Saviour who is the light that overcomes darkness.

Serving the Gospel today requires a commitment to the human being, especially the poorest, the weakest and those marginalised. It requires from the churches transparency and accountability in dealing with the world, and with each other. This means churches need to cooperate to provide relief to the afflicted, to welcome the displaced, to relieve the burdened, and to build a just and honest society. This is a call for churches to work together so that young people can build a good future according to God’s heart, a future in which all human beings can experience life, peace, justice, and love.

Read more on the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland site.
Read more on the World Council of Churches site.

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