Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2013

16 Jan 2013

What does God require of us? 

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is traditionally observed from 18 to 25 January – the octave of St Peter and St Paul. The theme for 2013 is: What does God require of us?, a theme which invites us to reflect on and respond to our obligations to act justly in the world.

This year's resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared in conjunction with Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.

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What does God require of us? Pamphlet
This includes daily reflections and an order of service. For a less formal service see the Worship structure for a non-liturgical ecumenical act of worship, below.

Study and Reflection Guide 

Order of Service: 

  • English Order of Service: Scroll down the page at the following link 
  • Irish language Order of Service: Scroll down the page at the following link

Worship structure for a non-liturgical Ecumenical Act of Worship

Poster for 2013 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity A3 version 

Events in Irish Dioceses: 

Archdiocese of Dublin:
This year’s Inaugural Service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is being hosted by St Thomas’ Indian Orthodox Church in Cathal Brugha Street, Dublin 1, (opposite DIT) at 8.00pm on Friday 18 of January. Texts for use in Dublin parishes and other helpful links are available on the Evangelisation website in the ecumenism section.

Diocese of Cork and Ross
This Sunday, 20 January at 7pm in St Columba's Church, Douglas the representatives of the Church of Ireland, Methodist, Presbyterian and Roman Catholic Church, will gather for an ecumenical service. All are most welcome to attend.

For more information click here

Diocese of Limerick
The Prayer Service for Church Unity in Limerick will take place in the Augustinian Church, O’Connell St., Limerick at 6.00pm on Sunday, January 13 2013. In honour of the 50th anniversary of the Second Vatican Council, the prayer service will included two contributions on the topic of Vatican II and ecumenism. One of the talks will be given by Bishop Donal Murray, Bishop Emeritus of Limerick and the other by Mrs Gillian Kingston, Lay President of the Methodist Church in Ireland.

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Interchurch Service in Irish
An Interchurch Service in the Irish language will be held in Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin, on Friday January 25. This service, which has become a tradition over the past 20 years, will celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, with hymns, prayers and readings. Hymns will be sung by the choir of Gaelscoil na Cille from County Meath. A consort of Christ Church Cathedral choir will sing canticles and an anthem. There will also be music played on the uilleann pipes. Clergy from the Church of Ireland and the Catholic Church will be present, and the Revd Elaine Dunne, Church of Ireland, will preach this year. Representatives of the Lord Mayor are normally present also. Refreshments will be available in the medieval cathedral crypt after the service. This service is being organised by Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise and Pobal an Aifrinn, and there has traditionally been a large attendance. All are most welcome to this service, which will begin at 8pm. Further information see www.gaeleaglais.ie or email [email protected]

Beidh seirbhís idirchreidmheach tri Ghaeilge á reáchtáil in Ardteampall Chríost, Baile Átha Cliath, ar an Aoine 25 Eanáir 2013. Ceiliúradh ar Sheachtain na hAontachta Críostaí a bheidh i gceist leis an tseirbhís seo, atá ar siúl le níos mó na scór bliain. Beidh iomainn, paidreacha agus léachtaí ann. Beidh iomainn á canadh ag cór Ghaelscoil na Cille, Co na Mí. Cloisfear cainticí agus aintiúin eaglasta ó choimhdeach chór Ardteampall Chríost. Beidh ceol ar na píopaí uilleann le cloisteáil freisin. Beidh cléir ó Eaglais na hÉireann agus ón Eaglais Chaitliceach i láthair, agus an tUrr Elaine Dunne, Eaglais na hÉireann, a bheidh mar seanmóirí i mbliana. Is gnách go mbíonn ionadaí an Ard–Mhéara i láthair freisin. Cuirfear sólaistí ar fáil i lusca (crypt) meánaoiseach na hardeaglaise i ndiaidh na seirbhíse.
Tá an tseirbhís seo á reáchtáil ag Cumann Gaelach na hEaglaise agus Pobal an Aifrinn, agus bíonn slua maith i láthair i gcónaí. Tá fáilte roimh chách chuig an tseirbhís seo, a thosóidh ag 8pm. Tuilleadh eolais: www.gaeleaglais.ie [email protected]

Addresses and texts: 

These will be made available here as soon as they are delivered.