The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being celebrated this week from January 18-25, 2021. The theme for this year is: “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit” (John 15:5-9). Local and international resources are available online, placing a particular emphasis on the call to pray and work for reconciliation and unity in the Church, with our human family, and with all of creation.
The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches jointly developed the international resource with the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland, a group of religious sisters from different church traditions brought together by a common vocation of prayer, community life and hospitality and by their commitment to Christian unity. The material for Canada was adapted and produced by an ecumenical writing team coordinated by the Commission on Faith and Witness of the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC).
Bishop Gary Gordon participated in a special recorded joint service with our regional ecumenical colleagues in the Anglican Church of Canada, and the BC Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in Canada. We are grateful to the Communications team at Christ Church Cathedral in Victoria, who shared their resources and taped the remote service for the benefit of all.
Click here to access the recorded service in our Diocese.
The Vatican website is offering a daily reflection and further resources may be accessed on the links below.
Day 1 - Monday, January 18, 2021
Day 2 - Tuesday, January 19, 2021
Day 3 - Wednesday, January 20, 2021
Day 4 - Thursday, January 21, 2021
Day 5 - Friday, January 22, 2021
Day 6 - Saturday, January 23, 2021
Day 7 - Sunday, January 24, 2021
Day 8 - Monday, January 25, 2021
May we continue the grow in faith and understanding of the commandment to “love one another as I have loved you” as we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.