Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 Resources

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021 (16 May to 23 May)

Biblical Text for 2021

"Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit." (cf. Jn 15:5-9)

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is celebrated in the Southern Hemisphere between Ascension Sunday and Pentecost Sunday, thus from 16 May to 23 May in Aotearoa New Zealand for 2021.

The preparation of the resources for the Week of Prayer is overseen jointly by the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. This year they asked the ecumenical Monastic Community of Grandchamp in Boudry, Neuchâtel, Switzerland to prepare the resources. The community's work was then adapted for Aotearoa New Zealand by the Catholic Bishops Committee for Ecumenism.

The resources are intended for parishes, schools, and any group which may be able to make use of them. The Eight Days of Prayer is particularly suitable for use by individuals.

The chosen theme, “Abide in my love and you shall bear much fruit”, is based on John 15:1-17 and expresses the Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family.

Please note that the Homily  from Pope Francis is dated January. This is because the Week is celebrated in January in the Northern Hemisphere.

Click on each link to open the resources:

1: Backgrounder for those organising Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

2: Liturgy Guide for facilitators

3: Liturgy for Participants

4: Cardinal John's note for parish newsletters

5: Eight Days of Prayer for WPCU 2021

6: Pope Francis Homily for WPCU 2021

7: Banner for newsletters, websites, notice boards etc

8: Facebook poster