A Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held every year from the 18th to the 25th January - the octave of St. Peter and St. Paul. Those dates were proposed in 1908 by Paul Wattson to cover the days between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul, and therefore have a symbolic significance. In the southern hemisphere where January is a holiday time churches often find other days to celebrate the week of prayer, for example around Pentecost (suggested by the Faith and Order movement in 1926), which is also a symbolic date for the unity of the church.
The aim of the Week of Prayer are:
- To pray as Christ prayed "That they may be one".
- To pray for the unity of all Christian People as we share in Christ's ministry.
- The themes for each day of the Week are set out below and resources for study and reflection for each day are available HERE
- Commentaries and reflections for the suggested scripture readings for each day are available HERE.