Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2022 was chosen by the Middle East Council of Churches: "We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him." (Mt 2:2) More than ever, in these difficult times, we need a light that shines in the darkness and that light, Christians proclaim, has been manifested in Jesus Christ.

A man prays with his hands clasped and face burried in his arms, on the Stone of Anointing.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre, Jerusalem, 2019.


At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Traditionally the week of prayer is celebrated between 18-25 January, between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul. In the southern hemisphere, where January is a vacation time, churches often find other days to celebrate it, for example around Pentecost, which is also a symbolic date for unity.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Worship and background material for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

Access the reflections for 2021 via the YouVersion Bible reader in EnglishFrenchGermanSpanishPortuguese, and Arabic.