Each year in most of the countries where Christianity is present we
have the Unity Octave or Prayer for Christian Unity from January 18-25.
This year's theme is taken from 1 Peter 2:9-10. "But you are a chosen
race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation,
God’s own people, in order that you may proclaim the mighty acts of him
called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a
people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy,
you have received mercy."
This year the material was prepared by
the Christians of Latvia based on the passage from St. Peter's first
letter where we are asked to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord.
Themes for each day are listed below.
Day 1: Let the stone be rolled away
Day 2: Called to be messengers of Joy
Day 3: The witness of fellowship
Day 4: A priestly people called to proclaim the Gospel
Day 5: The fellowship of the Apostles
Day 6: Listen to this dream
Day 7: Hospitality for prayer
Day 8: Hearts burning for unity
Week of prayer has a history of over a hundred years and since many different religious Christian groups met together to compose the prayers,expectations of all the parties may not be satisfied.All
know, however, that the objective is to bring about the wish of Jesus that we be
one as he is one with the Father.
"May they all be one. Father,
may they be one in us, as you are in me and I am in you, so that the
world may believe it was you who sent me" (John 17: 21).
is an example of ecumenism at the highest level that hopefully will be
spread throughout the whole of Christianity. Emphasizing what we hold in common, and praying we may come
to a common understanding of what separates us, and work to achieveunity the Spirit wants.
The editorial in the Catholic Times
reminds the readers that Catholicism entered Korea 230 years ago and
Protestantism 130 years ago. We need to reflect
deeply on the path we are called to walk as disciples of Jesus, and do all we can to heal the wounds we have inflicted on the mystical body of Christ.