17/01/2013 5:00 pm
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013
18-25 January 2013
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally celebrated in the northern hemisphere from 18-25 January - the octave (eighth-day feast) of St. Peter and St. Paul. However, in the southern hemisphere, some observe the week at Pentecost or at some other time. It brings together Christian parishes and congregations from different confessional families all over the world to meet and pray together in special ecumenical celebrations.
Change is at the heart of our Christian faith. Saint Paul said that anyone who is in Christ is a new creation, and we are called to live as children in the light.
The theme for this year is "What does God require of us?" inspired by a passage from the prophet Micah (cf. Micah 6:6-8) .
To mark its centenary, the Student Christian Movement of India (SCMI) was invited to prepare the resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (WPCU) 2013 and they involved the All India Catholic University Federation and the National Council of Churches in India. In the preparatory process while reflecting on the significance of the WPCU, it was decided that in a context of great injustice to Dalits in India and in the Church, the search for visible unity cannot be disassociated from the dismantling of casteism and the lifting up of contributions to unity by the poorest of the poor.
At the end of his general audience ahead of the start of the Week of Prayer the Holy Father said:
"I invite everyone to pray, ceaselessly asking God for the great gift of unity among the disciples of the Lord. May the inexhaustible power of the Holy Spirit encourage us in a sincere commitment to the search for unity, so that together we may all profess that Jesus is the Saviour of the world”.