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.


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, New York City, this new prayer movement caught the imagination of others, and became an energetic movement that gradually blossomed into a worldwide observance involving many nations and millions of people.    1941  the dates changed to a week 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.