Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020

Date(s) - January 18, 2020 - January 25, 2020
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What is it?

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is an annual ecumenical celebration. Christians around the world are invited to pray for the unity of all Christians, to reflect on scripture together, to participate in jointly-organized ecumenical services, and to share fellowship.

You can use the resources on this website not only during the Week of Prayer itself, but throughout the year. Let them help you express the degree of communion already given to the churches, and to pray together that we may be more fully united in the one Christ.

Learn about the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity theme >

When does it take place?

In the northern hemisphere, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally held every year between January 18th (the Feast of the Confession of Saint Peter) and January 25th (the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul). In the southern hemisphere, it is often celebrated during the Pentecost season. Your communities are invited to choose the dates that would be appropriate for your context.

Discover how to organize a Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service >

Why does it matter?

In the Gospel of John, Christ prays for his disciples before going to the cross. He asks that his followers “may all be one,” as he and the Father are one, “so that the world may believe” and have life in his name (John 17). Christian unity is here made central to the very being of the church and to its mission and witness.

Today, we live with divisions even as we yearn for the unity promised and commissioned by Christ. The long and often painful history of Christianity has sundered our churches for theological, liturgical, and political reasons. Many Christians now strive to heal these divisions, yet honour our diversity, through ecumenical dialogue, common action, and relationship-building. They also come together to pray for unity, joining Christ in his prayer to the Father.

The worldwide celebration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is both the seed and and the fruit of this striving for ‘unity in diversity’. This time of shared prayer, reflection, and fellowship invites Christians of different traditions to deepen our relationships and to live and witness together throughout the year.

List of Churches & Date of Services


All services begin at 12:15 p.m. followed by lunch

Monday, Jan. 20
Trinity Christian Reformed
3215 Trethewey Street

Tuesday, Jan. 21
St. Ann’s Roman Catholic Church
33333 Mayfair Avenue

Wednesday, Jan. 22
Calvin Presbyterian/Valley Cross Way Church
33911 Hazelwood Avenue

Thursday, Jan. 23
St. Matthew Anglican Church
2010 Guildford Drive

Friday, Jan. 24
Trinity Memorial United
33737 George Ferguson Way


Tuesday, Jan. 21, 11:30 a.m.
Interfaith Centre at SFU (AQ 3200)
8888 University Drive


Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5 p.m.
John Paul II Pastoral Centre
4885 Saint John Paul II Way

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 5:30 p.m.
St. Mark’s Parish at UBC
5935 Iona Drive


Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1504 Sprice Avenue

New Westminster

Thursday, Jan. 23, 7 p.m.
Holy Trinity Cathedral (in collaboration with St. Peter’s Parish)
514 Carnarvon Street


Week of Christian Unity Booklet Cover pdf
Week of Christian Unity Poster pdf
Biblical Text and Ecumenical Prayer Service pdf

Read more about the history of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity >


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