Thursday, January 18, 2007

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Begins

In order to unite with one another, we must love one another;
in order to love one another, we must know one another;
in order to know one another, we must go and meet one another.


These words, known as the "Testament of Cardinal Mercier," are the impetus for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The week (actually an octave, eight days) has been celebrated continuously since 1894.



The eight day period of January 18th through the 25th is the traditional span for praying for global Christian unity. (If anything that smacks of ecumenicism makes you turn green, sit down and have some herbal tea and pray, anyway.)

One of the readings for today, the first of the "week" is this, one of my top-ten passages of Scripture (which I once had memorized in the Greek. Alas, no more):

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was in the beginning with God. All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. In him was life,[and the life was the light of men. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
--
John 1:1-5


Find a list of the Scripture passages for reflection here.

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