Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18-25, 2021

Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit
(cf. Jn 15:5-9)

The themes for the eight days are:

Day 1: Called by God: “You did not choose me but I chose you” (Jn 15:16a)

Day 2: Maturing internally: “Abide in me as I abide in you” (Jn 15:4a)

Day 3: Forming one body: “Love one another as I have loved you” (Jn 15:12b)

Day 4: Praying together: “I do not call you servants any longer … but I have called you friends” (Jn 15:15)

Day 5: Letting oneself be transformed by the Word: “You have already been pruned by the word…” (Jn 15:3)

Day 6: Welcoming others: “Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (Jn 15:16b)

Day 7: Growing in unity: “I am the vine, you are the branches” (Jn 15:5a)

Day 8: Reconciling with all of creation: “So that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (Jn 15:11)

Click here for
Resources for
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
and throughout the year
2021

Including:
• Ecumenical Worship Service
• Biblical Reflections &
• Prayers for the Eight Days

Visit: www.christianunity.va

Jointly prepared and published by
The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity
The Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches

New Year’s Day – World Day of Peace

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Dove of Peace, Mosaic

Prayer for Peace
By Pope Paul VI

Lord, God of peace,
who has created man,
the object of your kindness,
to be close to you in glory,
we bless you and we thank you
because you have sent us
your beloved son, Jesus,
making him the mystery of the pasch,
the architect of all salvation,
the source of all peace,
the bond of true brotherhood.
We thank you for the desire,
the efforts, the realizations
which your spirit of peace
has roused in our day:
to replace hatred with love,
diffidence with understanding,
unconcern with care.
Open yet more our hearts
to the needs of all our
brothers and sisters,
so that we may be better able
to build a true peace.
Remember, Father of mercy,
all who are in pain,
who suffer and die
in the cause of a more
brotherly world.
For the men of every race,
of every tongue –
may your kingdom come:
your kingdom of justice,
of peace, of love;
and may the earth be filled
with your glory.
Amen.

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs

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The Massacre of the Innocents at Bethlehem, by Pál Szinyei Merse, 1866

Prayer in Sorrow

God of all consolation,
in your unending love and mercy for us,
you turn the darkness of death
into the dawn of new life.
Show compassion to your people in sorrow.
Be our refuge and our strength to lift us
from the darkness of this grief
to peace and joy in your presence.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord.
Amen.