Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2006


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25)
The week of Prayer for Christian Unity was initiated in 1908 by the Rev. Paul Wattson, co-founder of the Society of the Atonement. Its observance has changed over the years, in accordance with developments in the ecumenical movement: the universal week of prayer advocated by Abbé Paul Couturier in Lyon, France in the 1930s; the formation of the World Council of Churches in 1948; the Second Vatican Council’s Decree on Ecumenism in 1964; and the formation of the Joint Working Group between the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches. A world observance, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an important expression of ecumenical activity at the local level. The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer are chosen and prepared by representatives of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and representatives of the World Council of Churches. The international texts are developed, adapted and published for use in the USA by the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute. The GEII invites the collaboration of ecumenical agencies and ecumenists to assist in this project. A variety of resources is available on the website and in print. These include an ecumenical celebration of the word of God, daily scripture & prayer guide and homily notes. Further information and order form is available on the website and at the GEII Business Office.  Read more



The theme and scripture for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2006
Where two or three are gathered in my name...
(Matthew 18:15-22)
El tema y la escritura de la Semana de Oración por la Unidad Cristiana 2006
Donde hay dos o tres reunidos en mi Nombre...
(Mateo 18:15-22)

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Daily Scripture & Prayer Guide

Christian Unity throughout the Year

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Observing the Week of Prayer
Guía Diario de Escritura y Oración
Ecumenical & Interreligious Understanding
Using the Poster
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Ecumenical Celebration of the Word of God


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Una Celebración Ecuménica de la Palabra de Dios

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