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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held worldwide on 18-25 January (Northern hemisphere) and 19-26 May (Southern hemisphere), will draw together churches across the globeunder the theme "You shall love the Lord your God ... and your neighbour as yourself" (Luke 10:27).

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Sister Rosa Le Thi Bong, a Vietnamese member of Sisters of Our Lady of the Missions, says goodbye to people in Riimenze, a small war-ravaged village in South Sudan where she spent more than a decade as a member of Solidarity with South Sudan, a pastoral and teaching presence of Catholic clergy, religious and laity from around the world.

Photo: Paul Jeffrey/Life on Earth pictures

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an international Christian ecumenical observance kept annually on 18-25 January in the Northern Hemisphere and around Pentecost in the Southern Hemisphere.

Each year ecumenical partners in a different region are asked to prepare the materials. The materials for the 2024 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity were prepared by an ecumenical team from Burkina Faso facilitated by the local Chemin Neuf Community (CCN) . 

The theme chosen is “You shall love the Lord your God ... and your neighbour as yourself” (Lk 10:27). Brothers and sisters from the Catholic Archdiocese of Ouagadougou, Protestant Churches, ecumenical bodies and the CCN in Burkina Faso collaborated generously in drafting the prayers and reflections and experienced their work together as a real path of ecumenical conversion.

The resources include an ecumenical opening prayer service, biblical reflections and prayers for eight days, and other elements of worship.

The materials for 2024 are already available in English, French, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian and Arabic.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2024