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21/01/2012

Week of Prayer for Unity


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2012

JERUSALEM, JANUARY 22 – 29


Theme : We will all be changed by the victory of our Lord Jesus Christ
(cf. 1 Cor 15:51-58)


The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2012 was prepared by representatives of the Roman Catholic Church, the Orthodox Church and Old Catholic and Protestant Churches active in Poland. It was decided to focus on a theme that is concerned with the transformative power of faith in Christ, particularly in relation to our praying for the visible unity of the Church, the Body of Christ. It is in Christ’s life, action, teaching, suffering, death and resurrection that we seek inspiration for a modern victorious life of faith which expresses itself in social commitment in a spirit of humility, service and faithfulness to the Gospel. And as he awaited the suffering and death that was to come, he prayed that his disciples might be one so that the world might believe. This “victory” is only possible through spiritual transformation, conversion. As we pray for and strive towards the full visible unity of the Church we – and the traditions to which we belong – will be changed, transformed and conformed to the likeness of Christ. The unity for which we pray may require the renewal of forms of Church life with which we are familiar. We need to open ourselves to each other, to offer gifts to and receive gifts from one another, so that we might truly enter into the new life in Christ, which is the only true victory.



PROGRAMME
Saturday, Jan. 21 Anastasis (Holy Sepulchre), Calvary 5.30 p.m.
Greek Orthodox Office of “Apodeipnon”(Compline)
Sunday, Jan. 22 Anglican Cathedral of St George 5.00 p.m.
Nablus Road
Monday, Jan. 23 Armenian Cathedral of St James 5.00 p.m.
Old City, Armenian Quarter
Tuesday, Jan. 24 Lutheran Church of the Redeemer 5.00 p.m.
Old City, near Holy Sepulchre
Wednesday, Jan. 25 Latin Patriarchate’s Church 5.00 p.m.
Old City, from Jaffa Gate
Thursday, Jan. 26 Upper Room, Cenacle 4.00 p.m.
Mount Zion
Friday, Jan. 27 Ethiopian Orthodox Church 5.00 p.m.
West Jerusalem, off Prophets’ Street
Saturday, Jan. 28 St Anthony’s Church, Coptic Orthodox 5.00 p.m.
Old City, near Holy Sepulchre
Sunday, Jan. 29 Greek Catholic Church of Annunciation 5.00 p.m.
Old City, near Jaffa Gate

N.B. Sunday 15 January, at 3.00 p.m., Fr. Frans Bouwen, w.f., will give a lecture on “L’actualité œcuménique en 2011” (in French), at the Monastery of the Emmanuel (Bethlehem, tel. 2744380).

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