A resource kit, including posters, bulletins, and a formatted order of service, is now available for order directly from The Canadian Council of Churches using this form. You may also download the resources from the Week of Prayer webpages using the navigation on the right hand side of this page. Click here to get started. A donation of $10 for each resource will cover the cost of production and support the ongoing work of the CCC and our vision for Christian unity. Donations can be made online by clicking here.
The roots of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity go back to the 1800s; it is one of the oldest, most widely observed ecumenical events in the world.The materials on this website are designed to be of service to you not only during the Week itself, but throughout the year. Let them help you find ways to express the degree of communion already given to the churches, and to pray together that we may be more fully united one with another, and all of us with Christ.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is held from January 18 to 25. This is the octave proposed by Paul Wattson in 1908, because it begins with the feast of St. Peter and ends with the feast of the conversion of St. Paul. Finding ways to pray together during this January week means that we are in harmony with people around the world, which brings its own graces; in this way, we join with all who are praying, reflecting, studying, and even eating and drinking together to celebrate and pray for Christian unity.
The theme and a focus biblical text are prepared by an international Joint Committee of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. National and regional councils of churches work to adapt and add to these resources as appropriate to their local context. The Canadian resources are produced by an ecumenical Writing Team coordinated by The Canadian Council of Churches' Commission on Faith and Witness.
The team, made up of members from constituent churches of the CCC, meets in February and April to prepare the text and adapt the worship service for Canadian churches for the following year.