WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2016
Selection of the Theme:
The theme and text for each year’s observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are chosen and prepared by representatives of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Representatives of a variety of ecumenical projects in Latvia were asked to reflect on the chosen theme and the experience of their work. Their reflections form the basis of the materials offered for the eight days of the Octave.
The preparatory work on the theme for this year’s week of prayer material was prepared by a group of representatives from different parts of Latvia, brought together at the invitation of the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Rīga, the Most Reverend Zbigņevs Stankevičs.
We wish to extend our gratitude in particular to:
Ms. Anda Done (Lutheran Church)
Mr. Levi Ivars Graudins (Latvia House of Prayer for All Peoples)
Ms. Zanna Hermane (Vertikale Television, Sun. Morning Christian Programme)
Mr. Nils Jansons (Chemin Neuf Community)
Sr. Rita Refalo (Religious of the Pro Sanctitate Movement)
Ms. Velta Skolmeistere (Catholic Youth Centre of the Archdiocese of Riga)
Ms. Gunta Ziemele (Catholic Youth Centre of the Archdiocese of Riga)
The texts proposed here were finalized during a meeting of the International Committee nominated by the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. The members of the Committee joined with representatives of the Latvian Churches in September 2014 at the Rīga Metropolitan Roman Catholic Seminary.
We wish also to extend very heartfelt thanks to Msgr. Pauls Kļaviņš for generously hosting the meeting, and to the staff and students of the seminary for their kind hospitality.
Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, in its planning of these resource materials also invites ecumenists and church leaders of various religious traditions to contribute resource materials for celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Acknowledgment of these authors appears with their text.
In addition, acknowledgment is due to those who contributed in particular to various segments of these resources.
Leticia Molinero Translation Studio (www.lmts.us) and the staff of RKG Fundraising Services for editorial review of the Spanish text.
International Preparatory group text, edited by Fr. Thomas Orians, SA, Editor, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resources and Associate Director, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute and Fr. James Loughran, SA, Director, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute.
Practical Information and Resources:
Ms. Liz Matos, Secretary, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, for the compilation of “Continuing the Commitment...” and “Resources for Ecumenical and Interreligious Understanding.”
Mrs. Veronica Sullivan, Business Manager, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, for editorial review and management of the business and distribution of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resource materials.
The translation of the biblical text in English used in the Ecumenical Celebration of the Word and Daily Prayer guide are from The New Revised Standard Version of the Bible, Anglicized Edition, copyright © 1989, 1995, by the Division of Christian Education of the National Council of the Churches of Christ in the United States of America, and are used by permission. All rights reserved. For those text in Spanish the biblical translation are from Reina Valera Contemporanea ® © Sociedades Bíblicas Unidas, 2009, 2011. All rights reserved.