World Council of Churches

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

You are here: Home / Resources / Prayer cycle

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.

Share the ecumenical prayer cycle on your blog or your website!

This week and next week we pray for:

Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger
Give thanks for: The freedom for Christians to worship in Mauritania even though it is an Islamic country. Christians who retain their faith and continue to serve Christ even though they are tiny minorities in some of these countries. Those who depend on semi-nomadic and nomadic ways of life and who continue to survive and retain their ethnic heritage. Those who plant trees to counter the spread of the desert.
Liberia, Sierra Leone
Give thanks for: Christian churches and people who, despite hardships and temptations, retain faith and hope and love, and work for the betterment of all peoples in their nations. Those who work for reconciliation and healing, so that people can live with one another again. Churches that try to rebuild their communities after the Ebola virus epidemic. The councils of churches in Sierra Leone and Liberia and their work towards a renewed Christian witness. Those who saved others at great risk to their own lives.

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.