Magazine article Anglican Journal

Week of Prayer Focuses on Christ as Source of Unity

Magazine article Anglican Journal

Week of Prayer Focuses on Christ as Source of Unity

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Churches and communities around the world gathered Jan. 18 to 25 for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity; the event, which some churches mark on alternate dates, focused on the theme and central biblical text, "Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them," (Matthew 18:20).

An ecumenical group in Ireland prepared the first draft of this year's prayer materials. Members of the group were "conscious of the rich spiritual heritage of Ireland with roots in ancient Christianity, and thus shared by all Christian traditions," according to the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches (WCC), which published the prayer resources. "They were equally conscious that the Christian churches have been caught up and ensnared in the conflicts and tensions which have shaped Irish life in past centuries. There are deep wounds that have been caused or made more painful by Christian divisions. …

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