News & Events
Jan 6, 2017
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Bishop Gary Gordon invites you to prayer on Sunday, January 22, 2017, at 2pm at St. Andrew's Cathedral in union with himself and Bishop Logan McMenamie from the Anglican Diocese of British Columbia. A reception will follow.
This year's resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by an ecumenical team in Germany, representing various churches and religious organizations. They have chosen as their theme Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us, inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:14–20, and Pope Francis' 2013 Apostolic Exhortation, Evangelii Gaudium (Paragraph 9). This theme has two accents: reflection upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther's Reformation and secondly recognizing the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the unity of the Church. In selecting this theme, it is viewed as an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation.
For 2017, it should be noted that this biblical text emphasizes that reconciliation is a gift from God, intended for the entire creation. "God was reconciling the world (kosmos) to God's self in Christ, not counting people's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation" (v.19). As a result of God´s action, those who have been reconciled in Christ are called in turn to proclaim this reconciliation in word and deed: "The love of Christ compels us."
The traditional period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18–25. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Servant of God, Fr. Paul Wattson, SA Founder of the Society of the Atonement, to cover the original days of the feasts of the Chair of St. Peter (January 18) and the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25) , and therefore have a symbolic significance.