THE WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY January 18 - January 25, 2023
Do good; seek justice. (Isaiah 1:17)
Jointly prepared and published by Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches for the week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Search for Unity Throughout The Year
The traditional period in the northern hemisphere for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is January 18-25. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Paul Wattson to cover the days between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul, and therefore have a symbolic significance. In the southern hemisphere where January is a vacation time churches often find other days to celebrate the Week of Prayer, for example around Pentecost (suggested by the Faith and Order movement in 1926), which is also a symbolic date for the unity of the Church.
Mindful of the need for flexibility, we invite you to use this material throughout the whole year to express the degree of communion which the churches have already reached, and to pray together for that full unity which is Christ’s will.