World Council of Churches

A worldwide fellowship of churches seeking unity, a common witness and Christian service

Worship and background material

Jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches. This year's theme for the week of prayer was chosen in the USA. The initial draft of material represents the working relationship between the Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute, the NCCCUSA, the USCCB and the Interchurch Center in their annual efforts in the United States to promote the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. All those involved have taken special note of the 100th anniversary of the Church Unity Octave first observed at Graymoor, in Garrison, New York, from 18-25 January 1908. The preparation of the theme and texts celebrate the history of 100 years of prayer while calling for a reinvigoration of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, hence the theme, ‘Pray without ceasing'.

01 January 2008

Pray without ceasing

(1 Thess 5: 17)

Annual brochure jointly prepared and published by the Pontifical Council for Christian Unity and the Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.

The biblical text for this centennial Week of prayer for Christian unity is taken from the first letter to the Thessalonians. The proposed worship service recalls the deep-rooted American religious belief in the power of prayer.

See the brochure in pdf format (279 KB)

Download : WPCU2008_Booklet_EN.pdf