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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:

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka
Give thanks for: A rich history and culture that spans several millennia; Ethnic and religious diversity throughout this region; The devotion and faith of those who work with the poor, refugees, orphans, the dying, and the hungry; The apostle St Thomas who founded a church in India; Those who cross boundaries of clan and religion in order to make peace; Educational institutions and hospitals founded by Christian missionaries, which continue to serve all people irrespective of their religion, caste or creed.
Indian Ocean Islands: Comoros, Madagascar, Maldives, Mauritius, Seychelles


Overview for the whole year:

Week #

Countries *


Dates in 2014

Week 1

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

 

29 December 2013 - 4 January

Week 2

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


5-11 January

Week 3

Cyprus, Greece, Turkey


12-18 January

Week 4

Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia


19-25 January

Week 5

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden


26 January - 1 February

Week 6

Ireland, United Kingdom


2-8 February

Week 7

Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands


9-15 February

Week 8

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta


16-22 February

Week 9

Germany, France


23 February - 1 March

Week 10

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


2-8 March

Week 11

Myanmar, Thailand


9-15 March

Week 12

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam


16-22 March

Week 13

China, Hong Kong, Macao


23-29 March

Week 14

Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore


30 March - 5 April

Week 15

East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines


6-12 April

Week 16

Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan


13-19 April

Week 17

Djibouti, Somalia


20-26 April

Week 18

Eritrea, Ethiopia


27 April - 3 May

Week 19

Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda


4-10 May

Week 20

Kenya, Tanzania


11-17 May

Week 21

Malawi, Zambia


18-24 May

Week 22

Botswana, Zimbabwe


25 -31 May

Week 23

Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland


1-7 June

Week 24

Angola, Mozambique


8-14 June

Week 25

Brazil


15-21 June

Week 26

Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay


22-28 June

Week 27

Bolivia, Chile, Peru


29 June - 5 July

Week 28

Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela


6-12 July

Week 29

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama


13-19 July

Week 30

Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico


20- 26 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


27 July - 2 August

Week 32

Canada, USA


3-9 August

Week 33

Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia


10-16 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)


17-23 August

Week 35

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania


24-30 August

Week 36

Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia


31 August - 6 September

Week 37

 

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

 


 

7-13 September

Week 38

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania


14-20 September

Week 39

Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine


21-27 September

Week 40

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia


28 September - 4 October

Week 41

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


5-11 October

Week 42

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal


12-18 October

Week 43

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka


19-25 October

Week 44

 

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

 


 

26 October - 1 November

Week 45

Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda


2-8 November

Week 46

Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tomé and Principe


9-15 November

Week 47

Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea


16-22 November

Week 48

 

Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger


23-29 November

Week 49

Liberia, Sierra Leone


30 November - 6 December

Week 50

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


7-13 December

Week 51

Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo


14-20 December

Week 52

Ghana, Nigeria


21-27 December


* 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.