Tuesday, January 18th marks the beginning of the week of prayer for Christian Unity, ending next week, on January 25th, with the feast of the Conversion of Saint Paul. I recently read a couple of articles that I thought were interesting.
Did you know that the original idea for a week of prayer for Christian unity was begun in 1908 by an American Episcopalian priest, Paul Wattson. His idea was the return of the seperated churches to Rome; a year later he joined the Catholic church.
In the 30's, it took on a new focus with a French Catholic priest named Paul Couturier. He proposed that the prayer be for "unity that Christ wills, as he wills, and when he wills" (available from; www.weekofprayer2008.org/about-history.html).
In the diocese, St. Alban's Cathedral is hosting a Ecumenical prayer service on January 23rd at 7pm.
Let us come together to do as God wills instead of giving the world yet another reason not to become Christian.