CHRISTIAN UNITY

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25) has a history of over 100 years, in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity. By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one." (cf. John 17:21).


The theme for 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him” (Mt 2:2).


Reflecting on the theme, the Vatican Council for Christian Unity and the Secretariat of the Bishop Synod affirm, “Like the Magi, Christians too journey together (synodos) guided by the same heavenly light and encountering the same worldly darkness. They too are called to worship Jesus together and open their treasures. Conscious of our need for the accompaniment and the many gifts of our brothers and sisters in Christ, we call on them to journey with us during these two years and we sincerely pray that Christ will lead us closer to Him and so to one another.”


The General Secretariat of the Synod of Bishops and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity are therefore pleased to offer this prayer inspired by the theme, which could be added to the other intentions of the Week of Prayer:


Heavenly Father,

as the Magi journeyed towards Bethlehem led by the star,

so by your heavenly light,

guide the Catholic Church to walk together with all Christians during this time of synod.

As the Magi were united in their worship of Christ,

lead us closer to your Son and so to one another,

so that we become a sign of the unity that God desires for his Church and the whole creation.

We ask this through Christ our Lord.


To learn more about Christian unity, visit this website.

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