WEEK OF PRAYER FOR CHRISTIAN UNITY
JANUARY 18–25, 2020
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. The preparatory work on the theme for this year’s week of prayer material was undertaken by a group of representatives of different Christian communities in Malta. In September 2017, the Roman Catholic Episcopal Conference, composed of Archbishop Charles J. Scicluna of Malta and Bishop Mario Grech of Gozo, together with Christians Together in Malta (Malta Ecumenical Council), entrusted Monsignor Hector Scerri with the formation of an Ecumenical Drafting Committee to prepare the material for 2020.
Gratitude is extended to the Roman Catholic Episcopal Conference and to the members of Christians Together in Malta, and to all those involved in contributing the various aspects of the resources:
Professor Hector Scerri – Convener and Coordinator of the Drafting Committee on behalf of the Maltese Episcopal Conference, Chairperson of Christians Together in Malta, President of the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission (Archdiocese of Malta), Deputy Dean of the Faculty of Theology, University of Malta (Roman Catholic)
Ms. Dorianne Buttigieg – Secretary of the Drafting Committee, Member of the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission (Archdiocese of Malta)
Rev. Kim Hurst – Minister at St Andrew’s Scots’ Church, Valletta, Malta (Methodist)
Elizabeth Lochhead – Member of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta (Church of England)
Monsignor Joseph Attard – Episcopal Vicar for the Laity and Ecumenism, Diocese of Gozo, Malta (Roman Catholic)
Mr. Norman Alexander – Member of St Andrew’s Scots’ Church, Valletta, Malta (Church of Scotland)
Canon Simon Godfrey – Chancellor of St Paul’s Pro-Cathedral, Valletta, Malta (Church of England)
Dr. Patricia Micallef – Coordinator of Taizè Group, Malta (Roman Catholic)
Ms. Judith Pugh – Member of the Anglican community in Gozo, Malta (Church of England)
Subdeacon Alexander Kuryshev – Member of the Russian Orthodox Parish of St Paul, Malta (Russian Orthodox)
Rev. Archimandrite Nathanael Felesakis – Parish priest of the Greek Orthodox Parish of St Paul, Malta (Greek Orthodox)
Rev. Ionut Iftimia – Parish priest of the Rumanian Orthodox Parish of St John the Baptist, Malta, (Rumanian Orthodox)
Mr. Noel Cauchi – Representative of the Evangelical Lutheran community (Andreasgemeinde), Valletta, Malta (Evangelical Lutheran)
Rev. Dr. Aurelio Mulè Stagno SDB – Member of the Diocesan Ecumenical Commission, Malta (Roman Catholic)
The local Drafting Committee met in the Board room of the Archbishop’s Major Seminary, in Tal-Virtù, Rabat, Malta on 12th February, 15th March, 20th April and 11th May 2018.
The material by the local Drafting Committee was presented to the international group composed of representatives from the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity and the World Council of Churches. A meeting was held at the Archbishop’s Major Seminary, Rabat, Malta, 13th-18th September 2018 and the final text was approved. Encounters were held with the local Drafting Committee, Christians Together in Malta, Archbishop Scicluna and the Apostolic Nuncio to Malta, Archbishop Alessandro D’Errico.
The 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.
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.
Graphic Design, Artwork and Printing:
Tania Dirks, of RKG Fundraising Services, Cold Spring, New York created the graphic layout for the poster and other materials and provided graphic support for all print materials.
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.” In addition Ms. Matos is responsible for the management of the business and distribution of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity resource materials.
Mrs. Christine Breglia, Assistant to the Editor, Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, for editorial review of the text.
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 and the Nueva Versión Internacional (NVI) , ® © Zondervan 1999, 2011.. All rights reserved.