The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity runs from Jan. 18-25. For those of us who may not know a lot about it, here are five facts about this key week in the life of the Church that reminds us of Jesus' prayer "that they may be one so that the world may believe (John 17:21)."
1. Father Paul Wattson and Mother Lurana White, co-founders of the Society of the Atonement, celebrated the first Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 1908.
2. The celebration began as the "Church Unity Octave" (an eight-day period of prayer) and evolved into annual worldwide observance among Christians.
Pictured above, the logo for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
3. Jan. 18-25 spans the days between the feasts of Saints Peter and Paul.
4. Since 1966, the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Vatican Secretariat (now Council) for Promoting Christian Unity began collaborating on a common international text for worldwide usage.
5. The theme for 2018 is: "Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power (Exodus 15:6)." To help us unpack the meaning of this, this year's resources were prepared by the churches of the Caribbean.
For more information about the origins of this week, please visit www.atonementfriars.org/2018-week-of-prayer-for-christian-unity/.
As we begin the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, what does this year's theme mean to you on your spiritual journey?