Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Today begins the centennial observance, an event tied to today’s Anglican and Lutheran feast of the Confession of Peter and concluding with next Friday’s feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. I’m sure Neil will have some good offerings for us in the coming days.

Why pray for unity? It was the Lord’s final intention at the Last Supper:

I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me. (John 17:20-23)

The pope asked you to pray also.

If your parish hasn’t planned anything just yet on this week, it’s probably too late now. That still leaves your prayer. That might accomplish something. A review of the Vatican II document Unitatis Redintegratio, covered about a year ago here, may also be helpful. Looking around your area for ecumenical events, even if your church doesn’t celebrate one, will be an opportunity to do your part to pray for unity.

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Todd lives in Minnesota, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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