Week of Christian Unity


Every year, between January 18 (the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter) and January 25 (the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul), Christians around the world are invited to celebrate a week of prayer for the unity of all Christians.
It is an amazing opportunity to reflect on scripture together, participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and share fellowship.

This year's theme is Reconciliation – The Love of Christ Compels Us, inspired by 2 Corinthians 5:14-20.   


The Church Unity Octave was first observed in January, 1908. Celebrated in the chapel of a small Atonement Franciscan Convent of the Protestant Episcopal Church, on a remote hillside fifty miles from New York City, this new prayer movement caught the imagination of others beyond the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement to become an energetic movement that gradually blossomed into a worldwide observance involving many nations and millions of people. In 1913 the Faith and Order Commission of the Protestant Episcopal Church published a leaflet promoting prayer for unity on Whitsunday and in 1915 published a Manual of Prayer for Unity. The preparatory Conference on Faith and Order at Geneva in 1920 appealed for a special week of prayer for Christian unity ending with Whitsunday. Faith and Order continued to issue “Suggestions for an Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity” until 1941 when it changed the dates for its week to that of the January Octave. Difficulties were further resolved in 1964 with the Decree on Ecumenism of the Second Vatican Council.    “In certain special circumstances, such as in prayer services for unity and during ecumenical gatherings, it is allowable, indeed desirable, that Catholics should join in prayer with their separated brethren.

So today the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity belongs to all Christians who are sincerely interested in the fulfillment of Christ's prayer “that all may be one.”

There are several services happening in the Diocese of Rupert's Land. Check out one near you.

  • Opening Service: January 18, 7:00 p.m.–9:00 p.m., St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, 600 Cambridge Street

  • January 19, 7:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., St. Chad/Kirkfield Park United Church, 472 Kirkfield Street

  • January 20, 7:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., Heritage Park Temple – The Salvation Army, 825 School Road

  • January 21, 8:00 p.m.– 9:30 p.m., St. Mark Coptic Orthodox Church, 1111 Chevrier Boulevard

  • January 22, 7:00 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., Grace Lutheran, 211 Kimberly Avenue

  • January 24, 7:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., Kildonan United Church, 187 Kilbride Avenue

  • Closing Service: January 25, 7:30 p.m.– 9:00 p.m., St. John the XXIII, 3390 Portage Avenue