Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18- 25, 2018
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an expression of the worldwide ecumenical movement. Begun more than one hundred years ago, these days, from January 18 to 25, invite the worldwide Christian community to pray as our Lord did, “that . . . all may be one” (John 17:21). Over the years the ecumenical movement has come a long way from the days when Catholics were discouraged from even entering the church of another denomination. Since the Second Vatican Council (in its Dogmatic Constitution on the Church and the Decree on Ecumenism, 1964), the Church has encouraged dialogue with other Christian world communions, seeking to overcome divisions of the past and to find a common voice for the future.
Ecumenical Prayer Service
Sunday, January 28
Saint Mary’s Catholic Assyrian Church of the East
5955 Lindley Avenue
Tarzana, CA 91356
“Thy Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power”
Bishop Henry Johnson
Rev. Dr. Mary Glenn
Cor-Bishop George Bet-Rasho
A reception hosted by the Assyrian Community will follow the Prayer Service.
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The song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21), chosen as the motif of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018, is a song of triumph over oppression. Contemporary challenges in many parts of the world threaten the dignity of the human person created in the image and likeness of God. Exodus 15 shows us that the road to unity often passes through communal experience of suffering. Christians, through baptism, share in God’s ministry of reconciliation, but our own divisions often hamper our work in a world in need of God’s healing.
Origin of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
In 1908, at Graymoor, a friary in Garrison, New York, a small group of Franciscans in the Episcopal Church, led by Father Paul Wattson and Sister Lurana White—cofounders of the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement—began the annual observance as a prayer for the “reunion” of the Church, between the Feast of St. Peter’s Chair on January 18 and the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul on January 25. When Fr. Paul and Sr. Lurana became Catholics, Pope Pius X gave his blessing to the Church Unity Octave, and in 1916 Pope Benedict XV extended its observance to the universal church.