The following are more reflective of current issues in Christian unity, especially conflicts in the Middle East
January 19, 2014 11:06 EST
This week (18-25 January) has been observed as the International Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for over one hundred years.
This year’s theme is, “Has Christ Divided Us?” (cf. 1 Corinthians
1:13). As we pray together for Christian unity, we remember that we are
all united in Christ through baptism and in our desire to grow in
intimate relationship with the Father, through the Son, in the Holy
Spirit. May our hearts truly be united in love for God and one another
The following prayer intentions are not the semi-official intentions found in the Ecumenical Worship Service,
drafted by the Canadians, based on the “Eight Millennium Goals” of the
United Nations. The following intentions are more reflective of current
issues in Christian unity, especially those pertaining to the ancient
Churches and the conflicts of the Middle East.
They are prayers that
have been adapted from the Litany of Peace of the Greek tradition. You
are invited to pray them this week or use them to write your own
petitions - “That they may be one” (John 17:21).
humility to turn our hearts and minds to God on high and ask him for
peace and unity through the forgiveness of our sins and for the
salvation of our souls, let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.
the strengthening of the holy churches of God throughout the world and
for their unity in faith, hope, and love, let us pray to the Lord. Lord
For our local churches and for all the
faithful who gather in our local Christian community, may our prayers be
filled with faith, reverence, and the worship of God, let us pray to
the Lord. Lord have mercy.
For all Christian leaders,
that they may grow in wisdom and fraternal charity as they work together
for unity of faith, the healing of wounds caused by past divisions, and
for Eucharistic communion, let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.
This past year marked the 1025th
anniversary of the Christianization of Ukraine and Russia. We pray
especially for the Churches in Ukraine and Russia. For a peaceful
resolution to ongoing conflict between Christians in those countries,
that their relations may be marked by humility, charity, understanding,
and mutual forgiveness.
For our governments,
secular leaders, and armed forces, that they may be upheld in every good
deed (and foiled in every evil purpose), let us pray to the Lord. Lord
We pray especially for the countries of the
Middle East, torn by war and violence; that the perpetrators of evil
would be brought low and that those responsible for diplomatic
resolution would be given grace and prudence to complete their task,
heal political division, and restore order, let us pray to the Lord.
Lord have mercy.
For faithful Christians living
in every city and countryside throughout the world, that our spiritual
and material needs would be met for the good of our bodies and the
sanctification of our souls, let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.
all refugees, homeless, travelers, and pilgrims; for the forgotten, and
the forsaken; for the sick, the lonely, the dying, the suffering, the
abused, the captives, and the martyrs for their consolation,
protection, and salvation, let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.
our deliverance from all affliction, wrath, danger, and need;
especially for all Christians living in environments hostile to
Christianity, that we may be given the strength and courage to live the
gospel faithfully, obeying the precepts of the Lord with zeal and joy,
let us pray to the Lord. Lord have mercy.
Help us, save us, have mercy on us and protect us, O God, by your grace! Lord have mercy!
For all glory, honor, and worship are your due, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, now and always and forever and ever. Amen.
About the Author
Christopher B. Warner
Christopher B. Warner, a former Marine Corps officer and veteran, is a graduate student of Orthodox theology at the Antiochian House of Studies. Christopher has a BA in Catholic theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville, Ohio. He has worshipped with the Eastern Christian community since 2001, and currently serves as a cantor for his parish of St. George in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Christopher and his wife, Katy, are both teachers at Trinity Academy.
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