Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being held from 16 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.

Full resources can be found on the NZ Catholic Bishops website.