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WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2016

PREPARATION: Questions for Reflection on the Themes of the Eight Days

2016 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Questions Day 1

  • What are the events and the situations of our lives and the circumstances that make us lock ourselves in the grave—in sadness, grief, worries, anxiety and despair?
  • What keeps us from accepting the promise and joy of the resurrection of Christ?
  • How ready are we to share the experience of God with those whom we meet?

Questions Day 2

  • What smothers joy in the world and in the churches?
  • What can we receive from other Christians so that Jesus’ joy may be in us, making us witnesses of the Good News?

Questions Day 3

  • How do we regard Christians of other churches and are we prepared to ask forgiveness for prejudice towards them?
  • What can each of us do to decrease division among Christians?

Questions Day 4

  • What personal ambitions, competitive spirits, false assumptions about other Christians, and resentments obscure our proclamation of the Gospel?
  • Who hears a life-giving word from us?

Questions Day 5

  • What is our experience of encountering one another as brothers and sisters in Christ through Christian fellowship, shared meals and common prayer?
  • What are our expectations of bishops and other church leaders on the path towards the visible unity of the Church?
  • How can we support and encourage them?

Questions Day 6

  • What does it mean to place our own dreams for Christian unity at the feet of Christ?
  • In what ways does the Lord’s vision of unity call the churches to renewal and change today?

Questions Day 7

  • How can we promote mutual hospitality among parishes and congregations in our locality?
  • Is there a place in our neighborhood where Christians from different traditions can gather in prayer, and if not can we help to create such a place?

Questions Day 8

  • What are the disappointments that isolate us from others?
  • What are the gifts (initiatives, methods, and programs) that we can receive from other Christian communities?