Jan 8, 2012

Prayers of the People: Christian Unity

If you are observing the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25), here are some suggested petitions for intercessory prayer that might be helpful.  They come from the Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church website.

Suggested petitions for Christian Unity:

In this Universal Week of Prayer for Christian Unity let us pray that the disciples of Jesus may everywhere be one, so that all people may believe in the love of the Father who gave his only Son to be our Saviour.

For every congregation of the Church - that we may end the sin of our division which makes a mockery of the Cross of Jesus before the world.
Lord hear us.

For every congregation of the Church - that the Spirit of the Lord may remove from between us the walls of separation which do not reach to heaven.
Lord hear us.

For every congregation of the Church - that we may reach out to meet one another and rejoice to find that we are brothers and sisters in Christ.
Lord hear us.

For every congregation of the Church that we may all be one, worshipping the Father as his beloved sons and daughters, in spirit and in truth.
Lord hear us.

For every congregation of the Church - that we may commit ourselves to the non-violent way of Jesus and transform society through offering forgiveness and receiving peace.
Lord hear us.


Concluding Prayer

Father, unite all the congregations of the Church in Jesus your Son, our Lord and Saviour. May your will be done among us and your kingdom come soon, through him who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, forever and ever. Amen.

— Posted on the Santa Maria del Mar Catholic Church website. 

For more worship resources related to Christian unity, click on Christian Unity in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page, or see this Resources for Christian Unity Index.