A Selection of Thematic Prayers for the 2003 Week of Prayer
and for Christian Unity

compiled by Dr. Peter Bouteneff, Assistant Professor, St. Vladimirís Theological Seminary and Sr. Lorelei F. Fuchs, SA, Editor, WPCU

Prayer of the Fifth World Conference
on Faith and Order 1993

O God, holy and eternal Trinity, we pray for your church in the world. Sanctify its life; renew its worship; empower its witness; heal its divisions; make visible its unity.

Lead us, with all our brothers and sisters, towards communion
in faith, life and witness
so that, united in one body by the one Spirit,
we may together witness to the perfect unity of your love. Amen.

La Oración de la Quinta Conferencia
Mundial sobre Fe y Constitución 1993

Oh Dios, santa y eterna Trinidad, oramos por tu iglesia en todo el mundo. Santifica su vida; renueva su culto; fortalece su testimonio; cura sus divisiones; haz visible su unidad.

Condúcenos, junto con todos nuestros hermanos y hermanas, hacia la comunión en la fe, la vida y el testimonio para que, unidos en un solo cuerpo por el único Espíritu, demos testimonio de la perfecta
unidad de tu amor. Amén.

The prayer from the Fifth World Conference on Faith and Order
appears on the WPCU prayer card.

La oració
n de la Quinta Conferencia Mundial sobre Fe y Constitución
aparece en la tarjeta de la oraci
ón.

 

Peace be with you, prophets,
peace be with you, apostles,
And peace be with you, martyrs,
who loved the Lord of Peace;
and peace be with the holy Church
in which dwell the sons and daughters of peace.
Vesper hymn, Syrian Liturgy

My Christ! My Christ! My shield, my encircler!
Each day, each light, each dark.
My Christ! My Christ! My shield, my encircler!
Each day, each light, each dark.
Be near me, uphold me, my treasure, my triumph,
In my lying, in my standing, in my watching, in my sleeping.
Jesus, Son of Mary! My helper, my encircler!
Jesus, Son of David! My strength everlasting!
Jesus, Son of Mary! My helper, my encircler!
Jesus, Son of David! My strength everlasting!

Oral tradition, Scotland

O Jesus, the most-good goodness,
I have done no good before you;
but grant that I may make a beginning
because of your goodness.
Excerpt from a prayer to Our Lord Jesus Christ,

St. Nikodemos of the Holy Mountain, 18th century

I bless you, O Lord,
Though I am powerless, you strengthen my weakness.
You stretch forth from above your helping hand
and bring me back unto yourself.
What shall I render to you, O all-good Master,
for all the good things you have done
and continue to do for me, the sinner?
I will cease not to bless you all the days of my life,
my creator,
my benefactor,
and my guardian.
Excerpt from a prayer to the Almighty God and Father who loves humankind,

St. Basil the Great, 4th century

O Holy Spirit, Eternal King
and Giver of life incorruptible:
Look down in your infinite mercy
on the infirmities of our nature.
Illumine and hallow us.
Let the light of your knowledge
shine forth in our darkened hearts.
And in the earthen vessels of our nature
manifest your invincible strength.

Archimandrite Sophrony, 20th century, (from His Life is Mine, p. 64)

We give you thanks, O God,
for calling us into this new relationship in Jesus Christ.
Grant us your Holy Spirit that our promises may be confirmed
and brought to completion according to your will.
By your Spirit, ignite our witness
that your gospel of God may be openly revealed.
Strengthen our ministries of compassion
for your world and all who live in it.
Through Christ Jesus. Amen.
Prayer to the Holy Spirit during the Inauguration Liturgy of the Churches Uniting in Christ,
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Memphis, TN


We confess that we are diminished by pride and separation. We acknowledge the sinful divisions of our churches which keep our ministries unreconciled. We admit our failures in mission of justice and love. We confess that we support systems of racism and other oppression that despoil your incarnate image and violate creation. Merciful God, forgive us. In Jesus Christ, transform our hearts to obey your commandments, restore our love for one another, and proclaim your glory. Ever-living God, our Judge and Healer, have mercy on us.
from Prayers of Confession, the Inauguration Liturgy
of the Churches Uniting in Christ,

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Memphis, TN

 

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