Two important events for disciples of Jesus took place this past week that I would like to share with you for our prayer.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity – Christian Churches around the world celebrated the Annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25). During the eight day period, churches and communities show their desire to promote greater understanding and closer cooperation among members of the different denominations. The important celebration dates back to 1908 and was inspired by the Franciscan Friars of the Atonement of New York.
The theme for this year’s celebration, was drawn from the first letter of Peter: ‘Called to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord’. As this week comes to a close, on the Feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul on Monday, we can pray this prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, at your Last Supper you prayed to the Father that all should be one. Send your Holy Spirit upon all who bear your name and seek to serve you. Strengthen our faith in you, and lead us to love one another in humility. May we who have been reborn in one baptism be united in one faith under one Shepherd. Amen.
March for Life – Each year, on January 22, the Anniversary of the Supreme Courts decision on Roe vs. Wade that legalized abortion nationally, people of faith gather in prayer and in action to speak for those whose voices cannot be heard. It tends to be the coldest or snowiest day of the year and this year was no different. As believers in the dignity of every human life, with offer this prayer with support and assistance for all whose lives have been effected by abortion; mothers, fathers, siblings, grandparents.
God our Creator, we give thanks to you, who alone have the power to impart the breath of life as you form each of us in our mother’s womb; grant we pray, that we, whom you have made stewards of creation, may remain faithful to this sacred trust and constant in safeguarding the dignity of every human life. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph, Pray for us!