This is traditionally observed from 18 to 25 January – the octave of St Peter and St Paul.  It is the Gospel desire of the Lord: ‘that all may be one’ (John 17:21).  We pray for the fruits of a closer communion with all Christians, a living witness to our common baptism and a deeper solidarity with all creation.

Vatican News - Christians invited to join virtually in prayer for 54th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Read a Reflection by Fr Jan NowotnikNational Ecumenical Officer and Secretary to the Department for Dialogue and Unity.

Abide in my love … you shall bear much fruit

John 15:5-9

This year’s theme was discerned by the Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Switzerland.  It expresses their vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the Church and the human family.  The community has fifty sisters, all women from different generations, Church traditions, countries and continents.  In their diversity the sisters are a living parable of communion.  They are faithful to a life of prayer, life in community and the welcoming of guests.  They share the grace of their monastic life with visitors and volunteers who go to Grandchamp for a time of retreat, silence, healing or in search of meaning.  The sisters invite us to enter into their tradition of prayer and silence that is rooted in the ancient traditions of the Catholic Church.

CLICK HERE for more information about the 2021 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity as well as prayer resources which includes a booklet with daily reflections. 

Prayer

May the divisions among Christians be overcome so that we may hasten to your eternal Kingdom in the perfect communion of the Church.

cf. Roman Missal