Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 8
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 8

“So that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be complete” (John 15:11) Colossians 1:15-20 In him all things hold together Mark 4:30-32  As small as a mustard seed The hymn to Christ in the epistle to the Colossians invites us to sing the praise of God’s salvation, which encompasses the…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 7
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 7

“I am the vine, you are the branches” (John 15:5a) 1 Corinthians 1:10-13; 3:21-23 Is Christ divided? John 17:20-23 As you and I are one On the eve of his death, Jesus prayed for the unity of those the Father gave him: “that they may all be one … so that the world may believe”….

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 6
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 6

“Go and bear fruit, fruit that will last” (John 15:16b) Genesis 18:1-5 Abraham hosts the angels at the Oak of Mamre Mark 6:30-44 Jesus’ compassion for the crowds When we let ourselves be transformed by Christ, his love in us grows and bears fruit. Welcoming the other is a concrete way of sharing the love…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 5
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 5

“You have already been pruned by the word…” (John 15:3) Deuteronomy 30:11-20 The word of God is very close to you Matthew 5:1-12  Blessed are you The Word of God is very close to us. It is a blessing and a promise of happiness. If we open our hearts, God speaks to us and patiently…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 4
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 4

“I do not call you servants any longer… but I have called you friends” (John 15:15) Romans 8:26-27 The Spirit helps us in our weakness Luke 11:1-4     Lord, teach us to pray God thirsts for relationship with us. He searches for us as he searched for Adam, calling to him in the garden: “Where are…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 3
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 3

“Love one another as I have loved you ” (John 15:12b) Colossians 3:12-17 Clothe yourself with compassion John 13:1-15; 34-35 Love one another On the eve of his death, Jesus knelt to wash the feet of his disciples. He knew the difficulty of living together and the importance of forgiveness and mutual service. “Unless I…

Ecumenical Community of Grandchamp – Contemplative Journey towards Unity
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Ecumenical Community of Grandchamp – Contemplative Journey towards Unity

Each sister, Sister Anne Emmanuelle explains, has to leave the specificities of her Church to enter into the dimension of the community of Grandchamp, and she noted that this journey invariably evokes all the richness of the universal Church that emerges from this unity. “We all humbly advance on the path of Christ’s love,” and…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 2
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 2

“Abide in me as I abide in you” (John 15:4a) Ephesians 3:14-21 May Christ dwell in our hearts Luke 2:41-52 Mary treasured all these things The encounter with Jesus gives rise to the desire to stay with him and to abide in him: a time in which fruit matures. Being fully human, like us Jesus…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 1
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Day 1

“You did not choose me but I chose you” (John 15:16a) Genesis 12:1-4 The call of Abraham John 1:35-51     The call of the first disciples The start of the journey is an encounter between a human being and God, between the created and the Creator, between time and eternity. Abraham heard the call: “Go to…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: 18 – 25 January

Our spiritual well-being is as important as our physical well-being. In the past year both of these have been seriously challenged: the COVID-19 pandemic has caused us to be careful about our own health, taking precautions such as washing hands and wearing facemasks and maintaining social distance. Some of us have been ill or have…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Chinese Protestant Communities
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Chinese Protestant Communities

Once again, the week of prayer for Christian unity is back. Once again, I would like to turn the spotlight on Chinese Christians. It is true that many of them do not know much about this joint initiative of the World Council of Churches and of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Yet, with divisions among…