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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:

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia
Give thanks for: Those Christians and Muslims who remained faithful to their traditions during Soviet domination. Those who work for peace in a region of ancient animosities, as well as new ones created in the aftermath of the Soviet system. Armenian khatchkars – intricately decorated crosses carved on monolithic rocks. Monasteries and churches, lovingly being restored. Musical traditions going back centuries. Traditions of elaborate family meals and wondrous hospitality. Movement towards democracy.
Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan
Give thanks for: Christians who, although they are a tiny minority, have courage to witness to the gospel and find the strength to live according to God’s word. Those who in spite of danger give their lives to serve others. Peace-makers struggling to end hostility and violence, particularly in Afghanistan. Movements towards democracy. Soldiers who refuse to kill their own people. The International Red Cross and Red Crescent, Doctors without Borders, Amnesty International and all who work on behalf of political prisoners and the dispossessed. Khoomi singing in Mongolia, a kind of singing where one person produces two different notes at the same time.

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


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.