At this time of year and we celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18 – 25 January). The theme chosen for this year is: Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord. (cf. 1 Peter: 2:9) Throughout the Christian world, people of different denominations come together during this special week for conferences, prayer services and social gatherings. As we celebrate the week, we recall how an Episcopalian Franciscan priest from America, Fr Paul Watson, started these gatherings in 1908 by praying for Christian Unity.
This year our Ecumenical Service took place in St Patrick’s Church of Ireland Cathedral, Armagh on Wednesday 20 January at 7.30pm. The guest preacher was Archbishop Bernard Longley, Archbishop of Birmingham.
God our Father, we ask you to send your Holy Spirit ever more deeply into our hearts and minds that we may think thoughts of peace, speak words that build up and do the truth always in love, the truth that sets us free, the truth that gives us hope, AMEN