“Reconciliation" is the Theme of the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Last Updated on May 31, 2016
The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity has recently confirmed that the theme for the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “Reconciliation. The Love of Christ compels us” (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:14-20) - « Nous réconcilier. L’amour du Christ nous y presse (cf. 2 Co 5, 14-20) ». The materials for 2017 were developed by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Faith and Order Commission of the World Council of Churches, using material provided by an ecumenical group in Germany representing a variety of Christian traditions. The material has a particular focus on the 500th commemoration of the Reformation, with the intent of focusing not on our painful divisions that originated in that period, but on our common commitment to Christ today.
A copy of the following material, recently received by the CCCB, is being mailed out to every diocese and eparchy:
An introduction to the 2017 theme
An ecumenical worship service
A selection of readings and reflections for the eight days of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
An account of the ecumenical context in Germany
The Pontifical Council has also provided the following web links, which will eventually have all the 2017 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity material listed online:
As in past years, in addition to the international resources listed above, there will also be locally adapted material prepared here in Canada for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Once the local material is ready it will be forwarded to you without delay.