Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
January 18 - 25, 2019


"Commitment to the unity of Christians is not just a task for the few, or an appendage to the life of the Church. Each is called to offer his or her contribution to help take those steps towards the full communion of all Christ's disciples, never forgetting that it is, above all, a gift constantly to be implored from God.”    Pope Benedict XVI
 


On the day after his election as pope, Pope Benedict XVI said that his “primary commitment would be working tirelessly toward the full and visible unity of all Christ’s followers.” He appealed for prayer “so as to be aware that the holy cause of the re-establishment of Christian unity exceeds our poor human efforts and that unity, finally, is a gift of God. God and our love are the condition for the unity of Christians.” He concluded, “They are the condition for peace in the world.”
 
Later, Pope Francis said, “I am one of many who called Benedict XVI the Pope of Christian Unity. He placed the full communion of the Church at the forefront of his Papacy. This was clear in his overtures toward our Orthodox brethren, whom we recognize as a Church and whose priesthood and Sacraments we recognize. It was evident in his outreach to the separated Christians of the Reformation communities of the West.”
 
He continued, “The Gospel proclaims that in and through Jesus Christ, authentic unity with God - and through Him, in the Spirit, with one another - is the plan of God for the entire human race. The Church is the way to that unity. For the Church to continue the redemptive mission of Jesus effectively, she must be one. It was not the Lord’s plan that she be divided. It is His plan that she be restored to full communion.”


Theme for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
 
The theme for the 2019 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is, "Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue." (Deuteronomy 16:20). The organizers chose it for its powerful message of promoting truth, equality and unity.

Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew to Jerusalem
 
So what does Jesus require of us? He requires, as Pope Benedict XVI said, prayer and love for the condition of unity and the condition of peace. He requires Christian unity as a sign to the world that He is truly the Son of God! To help us to realize this unity He wants us to pray for it. Pope Francis prays for it and Jesus King of All Nations revealed His Chaplet of Unity and asked us to pray for it.
 
Jesus prayed that the Church would be united as a sign that His Father sent Him to the world. He prayed, “I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.” (John 17:20-21).  Christian unity will be a sign for the entire world to believe!
 
Pray the Chaplet of Unity
 
Jesus King of All Nations requested us, “In this devotion to Me as ‘Jesus, King of All Nations’, entreat My Kingly Heart with the prayer of this Chaplet of Unity that I, Myself, your Sovereign Lord Jesus Christ have given you! Pray and ask for the spiritual wholeness and healing of your own souls, for the union of your own will with God’s Will, for the healing of your families, friends, enemies, relationships, Religious Orders, communities (of all kinds), countries, nations, the world, and unity within My Church under the Holy Father!”
 
St. John Paul II asked us to become “ever more profound instruments and ministers of unity and sanctification,” in the first place, through prayer, and in the second place, through daily and constant conversion of heart. In this way, we lead and teach others how to live in union with Jesus Christ. The most important step toward unity is prayer!
 
We should follow Pope Francis’ example of prayer. He told us about his praying with an evangelical pastor. He said, “Let me tell you something. I spent 40 minutes more or less, with an evangelical pastor. And we prayed together, seeking unity. But we Catholics must pray with each other and other Christians. Pray that the Lord gift us (with) unity! Unity among ourselves! How will we ever have unity among Christians if we are not capable of having it among us Catholics, in the family, how many families fight and split up? Seek unity, unity builds the Church and comes from Jesus Christ. He sends us the Holy Spirit to build unity!”
 
I implore you to pray and spread the Chaplet of Unity that is published here on our website. Pray that there will soon be realized full unity within the Catholic Church under the Holy Father.
 
Help Spread the Devotion
 
What else can you do to be a minister of unity as St. John Paul II asked? You can help me to spread the Devotion to show others the mercy of Jesus and His promises of protection, conversion, reconciliation and healing! Your prayers and donations will help us to:
You are a vital instrument in helping our Apostolate continue our important spiritual works of mercy. You are a great blessing and we thank you. Each day we offer your intentions during our Rosaries and Chaplets of Unity and Divine Mercy. And weekly we offer a Friday Holy Hour for you and your intentions at the Hour of Mercy.
 
Your prayerful and financial help continue to be necessary for us to carry out our work. We pray to be good stewards with the resources that the Lord provides us. Will you again help us? Please financially help us. And remember that you can never outdo God in generosity. He will bless you for spreading devotion to His Son, Jesus, King of All Nations.


 

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