18th - 25th January 2020 is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The materials for the 2020 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the Christian churches in Malta and Gozo (Christians Together in Malta). On 10th February many Christians in Malta celebrate the Feast of the Shipwreck of St Paul, marking and giving thanks for the arrival of Christian faith on these islands. The reading from the Acts of the Apostles used for the feast is the text chosen for this year’s Week of Prayer.
Hospitality is a much needed virtue in our search for Christian unity. It calls us to a greater generosity to those in need. The people who showed unusual kindness to Paul and his companions did not yet know Christ, and yet it is through their unusual kindness that a divided people were drawn closer together. Our own Christian unity will be discovered not only through showing hospitality to one another, but also through loving encounters with those who do not share our language, culture or faith. In such tempestuous journeys and chance encounters, God’s will for his Church and all people comes to fulfilment. As Paul will proclaim in Rome, this salvation of God has been sent to all peoples (see Acts 28:28).
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is promoted in the UK and Ireland by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland where you can find further information and resources. The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity leaflet for 2020 is published by Churches Together in Britain and Ireland. In addition to daily Bible readings, reflections and prayers, it contains background information and a variety of other useful resources. It can be downloaded from the Churches Together in Britain and Ireland website here and also, for convenience, pdf from our website .