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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:

Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine
Give thanks for: Priests, pastors and lay people who gave up their lives during communist times. The long history of Christianity in these lands. Those Christians who consider as important the dialogue with other Christians from different confessions. Choirs that sing God’s praises. Beautiful churches which announce the community of the faithful. Church bells, onion domes, deep bass voices chanting the psalms, and icons of the saints. Those who work for democracy and openness in government.
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.

Overview for the whole year:

Week #

Countries *

Dates in 2016

Week 1

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

3-9 January

Week 2

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

10-16 January

Week 3

Cyprus, Greece, Turkey

17-23 January

Week 4

Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

24-30 January

Week 5

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

31 January - 6 February

Week 6

Ireland, United Kingdom

7-13 February

Week 7

Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands

14-20 February

Week 8

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta

21-27 February

Week 9

Germany, France

28 February - 5 March

Week 10

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

6-12 March

Week 11

Myanmar, Thailand

13-19 March

Week 12

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

20-26 March

Week 13

China, Hong Kong, Macao

27 March - 2 April

Week 14

Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore

3-9 April

Week 15

East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines

10-16 April

Week 16

Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan

17-23 April

Week 17

Djibouti, Somalia

24-30 April

Week 18

Eritrea, Ethiopia

1-7 May

Week 19

Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda

8-14 May

Week 20

Kenya, Tanzania

15-21 May

Week 21

Malawi, Zambia

22-28 May

Week 22

Botswana, Zimbabwe

29 May - 4 June

Week 23

Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland

5-11 June

Week 24

Angola, Mozambique

12-18 June

Week 25


19-25 June

Week 26

Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

26 June - 2 July

Week 27

Bolivia, Chile, Peru

3-9 July

Week 28

Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela

10-16 July

Week 29

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama

17-23 July

Week 30

Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

24-30 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

31 July - 6 August

Week 32

Canada, USA

7-13 August

Week 33

Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia

14-20 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)

21-27 August

Week 35

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

28 August - 3 September

Week 36

Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia

4-10 September

Week 37

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

11-17 September

Week 38

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania

18-24 September

Week 39

Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine

25 September - 1 October

Week 40

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

2-8 October

Week 41

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

9-15 October

Week 42

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal

16-22 October

Week 43

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

23-29 October

Week 44

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

30 October - 5 November

Week 45

Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

6-12 November

Week 46

Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tomé and Principe

13-19 November

Week 47

Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea

20-26 November

Week 48


Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger

27 November - 3 December

Week 49

Liberia, Sierra Leone

4-10 December

Week 50

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

11-17 December

Week 51

Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo

18-24 December

Week 52

Ghana, Nigeria

25-31 December

Week 53

Stateless people and migrants


* 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.