WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2016
PREPARATION: Questions for Reflection on the Themes of the Eight Days
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?