Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

(from the Liturgical Calendar 2024, p.45)

“You shall love the Lord your God…and your neighbour as yourself (Luke 10:27) The theme for 2024 is based on a text from the Gospel of St. Luke, with material prepared by an ecumenical team from Burkina Faso, facilitated by the local Chemin Neuf Community, whose members have a special commitment to Christian unity. Burkina Faso, in the Sabel region of West Africa, is a country of 22 million people, with a Christian population of 26 per cent. Its political and social situation is unstable, with many threats to peace and social cohesion. The theme, leading to the parable of the Good Samaritan, and the material prepared during such a precarious period in the country’s history helps us to recognise that the love of Christ unites all Christians and is stronger than their divisions.

Material for the week is jointly published by the Dicastery for Promoting Christian Unity (www.christianunity.va) and the Commission on Faith and Order of the Council of Churches. These source texts have been further adopted and added to by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland and are available in English and Irish at https://ctbi.org.uk/. The prayers and material written for the Week may also be used throughout the year.”

The week begins on Thursday 18th January and finishes on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.