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In God's Hands: The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle enables us to journey in prayer through every region of the world and through every week of the year affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing diverse problems and sharing diverse gifts.

At the very heart of the ecumenical movement is the reality of prayer. Jesus prayed that we may all be one, united in God in the mystery of the Trinity. That is the basis and the goal of our search for unity.

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle enables us to journey in prayer through every region of the world and through every week of the year affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing diverse problems and sharing diverse gifts. Lord, hear our prayer ...

These pages are based on the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle "In God's Hands - Common Prayer for the World" (ISBN 978-2825414880). The book and the website offer valuable aids for intercessory prayers, prayer on behalf of and in solidarity with others.

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This week and next week we pray for:

France, Germany
Give thanks for: Reconciliation between France and Germany after the end of the Second World War. The fall of the Berlin Wall and the reunification of Germany and its families. The witness of such ecumenical centres as the Taizé community, which has revitalized worship, particularly among young people. Those working for tolerance and support for immigrants and refugees, so that hatred and violence based on ethnicity are eliminated. Magnificent church art and architecture, which tell the gospel story and praise God.
Andorra, Austria, Liechtenstein, Monaco, San Marino, Switzerland
Give thanks for: The high standard of living and the availability of high-quality education and health care that are enjoyed by the people in these prosperous countries. Long centuries of Christian tradition and witness, especially for those Christians committed to serving others. The work of the World Council of Churches and other church organizations, the YMCA and YWCA, all with offices in Geneva. The many ecumenical and international agencies based in Geneva and Vienna, especially the International Committee of the Red Cross, and the agencies of the United Nations. Fondue, alphorns, and cowbells. The history of welcoming refugees. The gifts of foreigners who bring the richness of their cultures. The glorious beauty of the alps. Those who are struggling to curtail the output of greenhouse gases to ease global warming, which is melting the glaciers in the Alps.

Overview for the whole year:

Week #

Countries *

Dates in 2015

Week 1

Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories

28 December 2014 - 3 January

Week 2

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Iran, Iraq

4-10 January

Week 3

Cyprus, Greece, Turkey

11-17 January

Week 4

Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

18-24 January

Week 5

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

25-31 January

Week 6

Ireland, United Kingdom

1-7 February

Week 7

Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands

8-14 February

Week 8

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta

15-21 February

Week 9

Germany, France

22-28 February

Week 10

Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco and San Marino

1-7 March

Week 11

Myanmar, Thailand

8-14 March

Week 12

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

15-21 March

Week 13

China, Hong Kong, Macao

22-28 March

Week 14

Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore

29 March - 4 April

Week 15

East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines

5-11 April

Week 16

Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan

12-18 April

Week 17

Djibouti, Somalia

19-25 April

Week 18

Eritrea, Ethiopia

26 April - 2 May

Week 19

Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda

3-9 May

Week 20

Kenya, Tanzania

10-16 May

Week 21

Malawi, Zambia

17-23 May

Week 22

Botswana, Zimbabwe

24-30 May

Week 23

Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland

31 May - 6 June

Week 24

Angola, Mozambique

7-13 June

Week 25


14-20 June

Week 26

Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

21-27 June

Week 27

Bolivia, Chile, Peru

28 June - 4 July

Week 28

Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela

5-11 July

Week 29

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama

12-18 July

Week 30

Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

19-25 July

Week 31

The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago

26 July - 1 August

Week 32

Canada, USA

2-8 August

Week 33

Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia

9-15 August

Week 34

The Pacific islands: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Western Samoa and the French Overseas Territories of New Caledonia (Kanaky) and French Polynesia (Tahiti)

16-22 August

Week 35

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

23-29 August

Week 36

Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia

30 August - 5 September

Week 37

Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia

6-12 September

Week 38

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania

13-19 September

Week 39

Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine

20-26 September

Week 40

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

27 September - 3 October

Week 41

Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

4-10 October

Week 42

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal

11-17 October

Week 43

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

18-24 October

Week 44

The Indian Ocean islands: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives

25-31 October

Week 45

Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

1-7 November

Week 46

Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tomé and Principe

8-14 November

Week 47

Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea

15-21 November

Week 48


Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger

22-28 November

Week 49

Liberia, Sierra Leone

29 November - 5 December

Week 50

Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal

6-12 December

Week 51

Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo

13-19 December

Week 52

Ghana, Nigeria

20-26 December

Week 53

Stateless people and migrants

27 December - 2 January 2016

* The mention or absence of a country or a name of a country in this list does not imply any political judgment on the part of the World Council of Churches.