2022 Week of Prayer for Christian UnityMonday, January 17 2022
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be celebrated January 18 to 25, 2022 (https://bit.ly/3GwMjlc). Inaugurated in 1908 at the initiative of the Rev. Paul Wattson, an Episcopalian priest from the United States who would later join the Catholic Church, the event is now celebrated all around the world.
This year’s theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, “We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him” (Mt 2:2), was prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches (from Beirut, Lebanon). The theme speaks to the world’s need for solidarity and transformation in facing current political, economic, and social challenges, as well as the injustices highlighted and exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Canadian Council of Churches (CCC) have uploaded online resources to aid Christians in participating in this celebration of solidarity:
- CCC Resources: https://www.weekofprayer.ca/2022-wpcu-resources
- Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Resources: http://www.christianunity.va/content/unitacristiani/en/settimana-di-preghiera-per-l-unita/week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity-2022.html
Pope Francis is calling on all Catholics to participate in this celebration: “We Christians, in the diversity of our confessions and traditions, are also pilgrims on our way to full unity, and we come closer to our goal the more we keep our gaze fixed on Jesus, our only Lord” (https://bit.ly/3A7nWYV). We are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, reflect on scripture, participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and share fellowship.
About the Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops
The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops (CCCB) is the national assembly of the Bishops of Canada. It was founded in 1943 and officially recognized by the Holy See in 1948.