Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Date(s) - January 18, 2018 - January 25, 2018
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At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between 18-25 January, between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul. In the southern hemisphere, where January is a vacation time, churches often find other days to celebrate it, for example around Pentecost, which is also a symbolic date for unity.

The theme for the week of prayer in 2018, “Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power” is inspired by Exodus 15:6. The resources for the week have been prepared by members of different churches in the Caribbean.


“Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power” (Exodus 15:6)

The 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Jan. 18-25, has the theme “Your right hand, O LORD, glorious in power” (Exodus 15:6) and was prepared by churches in the Caribbean as a uniting experience of God’s saving action which brings freedom.

In a world marked by diversity in language and culture, we express our Christian faith in diverse ways. During this week we are called to celebrate this diversity and be faithful to Christ’s call for the unity of his Church. All are invited to join with brothers and sisters of various churches in prayer, song, and witness to unity as followers of Christ. For more info, contact Marjeta Bobnar at mbobnar@rcav.org or 604-683-0281.

List of Churches & Date of Services


Thursday, January 18
St. Matthew Anglican Church
2010 Guilford Drive at 12:15 pm

Friday, January 19
Emmanuel Mennonite
3471 Clearbrook Road at 12:15 pm

Tuesday, January 23
St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church
33333 Mayfair Ave at 12:15 pm

Wednesday, January 24
Trinity Christian Reformed
3215 Tretheway St. at 12:15 pm

Thursday, January 25
Trinity Memorial United Church
33737 George Ferguson Way at 12:15 pm


Wednesday, January 24
St. Laurence Anglican
825 St. Laurence St. at 7 pm


Thursday, January 18
St. Joseph’s Catholic Church
32550 7th Avenue at 1:30 pm

New Westminster

Wednesday, January 24
Mount Zion Lutheran
930 Cumberland St. at 7:30 pm


Thursday, January 18
St. Matthew’s Catholic Church
16079 88th Avenue at 12 pm

Thursday, January 25
Our Lady of Good Counsel Catholic Church
10460 139th Street at 12 pm


Thursday, January 18
St. Mark Catholic Church
5935 Iona Drive at 7 pm

Ecumenical Outreach to the Homeless
During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, on Sunday, January 21, from 1:30-7pm, Catholic Street Missionaries are inviting young adults (ages 19 – 39) to an Ecumenical Outreach to homeless people. More info and registration:



Special 8 Days of Prayer and Reflection

Join us for eight days of prayer in the Chapel of Annunciation at the John Paul II Pastoral Centre, 4885 Saint John Paul II Way. Biblical reflections and prayer will be led by Marjeta Bobnar.

Date: January 18-25 (except Jan. 20 & 21)
Time: 4:30 p.m.

Other resources for download

Week of Christian Unity Posterpdf
Week of Christian Unity Booklet pdf
8 Days of Prayer Poster pdf
8 Days of Prayer Booklet pdf

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