The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014 runs from January 18–25.
The newly appointed Chair of the Commission on Christian Unity and Diologue, the Rt Rev John McDowell, Bishop of Clogher, is commending free resources available from Churches Together in Britain and Ireland (CTBI)for use during this period.
Bishop McDowell said: “The tide of Christian ecumenism has ebbed and flowed over the past century, but whether it was its height or apparently beyond the horizon, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has acted as a practical local reminder that although is Church is fractured, Christ remains undivided and at one with the Father and with all his children.
“Since the Octave of Prayer for Christian Unity began in 1908, many millions of believers have been brought to a closer understanding of one another and into closer communion with one another and with The Lord of the Church himself through the thousands of local initiatives which take place across the world.”
The Bishop continued: “For those of us living in Britain and Ireland, this experience of worship and study between January 18–25 each year has been greatly enriched by the materials provided by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
“What was once a national celebration has become truly ecumenical in its reach by the adaptation of resources from all around the world for use in local settings. This year is no different, and CTBI have provided us with Scripturally based worship and study materials for the full eight days originating in the churches of French speaking Canada entitled: “Is Christ Divided?”
Bishop McDowell said these resources can be accessed and printed for use free of charge at: http://www.ctbi.org.uk/657/
“As the newly appointed Chair of the Commission on Christian Unity and Dialogue, I wish to commend the use of these resources to you and to wish you well in whatever ecumenical enterprise you may embark upon to give expression to the life of the eternal and undivided Christ,” Bishop McDowell said.