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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021: January 18-25th

abide in christWe look forward to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for 2021 is: "Abide in my  love, and you shall bear much fruit" - "Demeurez dans mon amour et vous porterez du fruit en abondance" (John 15:5-9)

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

This year the liturgy has been put together by The Monastic Community of Grandchamp, Switzerland (www.grandchamp.org/)

Click here to visit the World Council of Churches, where you can find out more information and download the liturgy in various languages.

The liturgy expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family.

oikumeneThe community began in the 1930s, when a number of Reformed women from French-speaking Switzerland who belonged to a group known as the “Ladies of Morges” rediscovered the importance of silence in listening to the Word of God. At the same time they revived the practice of spiritual retreats to nourish their life of faith, inspired by the example of Christ who went apart to a lonely place to pray. They were soon joined by others who took part in regularly organized retreats in Grandchamp, a small hamlet near the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. It became necessary to provide a permanent presence of prayer and welcome for the growing number of guests and retreatants.

Today the community has fifty sisters, all women from different generations, church traditions, countries and continents. In their diversity the sisters are a living parable of communion. They remain faithful to a life of prayer, life in community and the welcoming of guests. The sisters share the grace of their monastic life with visitors and volunteers who go to Grandchamp for a time of retreat, silence, healing or in search of meaning.

Dates to be featured soon, watch this space.

For more information, please contact Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Unfortunately there has been some confusion about this because the Chaplaincy Newsletter continues to list contact information for the former Co-ordinator, Chris Train.
Many Apologies!’