Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan 19)
January 19, 2024
Fr. John Colacino C.PP.S.
Day 2 (January 19)
Invitation to Pray (Joanna Harader)
Though we may be inclined to brag,
let us come together with humility.
How good a thing it is when all of God’s people live together in unity.
Though we may be tempted to use harsh words,
let us come together with gentleness.
How good a thing it is when all of God’s people live together in unity.
Though we may want everything to happen quickly,
let us come together with patience.
How good a thing it is when all of God’s people live together in unity.
Though the world around often encourages hate,
let us come together in love.
How good a thing it is when all of God’s people live together in unity.
In humility, gentleness, patience, love, and unity,
Let us worship the God who has called us together.
Confession (Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity)
Almighty Lord,
no one can lay any foundation other than the one that has been laid.
That foundation is Jesus Christ.
We admit that we have not been able to finish building on this foundation
in such a way that we may become the dwelling place of God.
We have sometimes even been the cause of its ruin.
Even if our work should be lost,
save us, Lord and give us a fresh chance to work for unity.
Create in us an ardent longing for the unity of your church
and enable us to work towards it. Amen.

The church's one foundation
is Jesus Christ, her Lord;
she is His new creation,
by water and the word.
From heav'n He came and sought her
to be His holy bride;
with His own blood He bought her,
and for her life He died.

Elect from every nation,
yet one o'er all the earth,
her charter of salvation:
one Lord, one faith, one birth.
One holy name she blesses,
partakes one holy food,
and to one hope she presses,
with every grace endued.

Though with a scornful wonder,
men see her sore oppressed,
by schisms rent asunder,
by heresies distressed,
yet saints their watch are keeping,
their cry goes up, "How long?"
and soon the night of weeping
shall be the morn of song!

'Mid toil and tribulation,
and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation
of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious
her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious
shall be the church at rest.

Yet she on earth hath union
with God the Three in One,
and mystic sweet communion
with those whose rest is won;
O happy ones and holy!
Lord give us grace that we,
like them, the meek and lowly,
on high may dwell with Thee.

Almighty and eternal God,
by whom the dispersed are gathered
and kept together as one,
look lovingly on the flock of your Son,
that all who have been sealed by one baptism
may be joined together by wholeness of faith
and preserved in fellowship by the bond of love.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
God for ever and ever. Amen. (ICEL; 1998)
Scripture (Deuteronomy 10:12-13)
And now, Israel, what does the LORD your God ask of you but to fear the LORD your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul, and to observe the LORD’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?
Psalm (133)

How good and pleasant it is
    when God’s people live together in unity!

 It is like precious oil poured on the head,
    running down on the beard,
running down on Aaron’s beard,
    down on the collar of his robe.
 It is as if the dew of Hermon
    were falling on Mount Zion.
For there the Lord bestows his blessing,
    even life forevermore.


When we say we recognize the baptism of Christians of other traditions, we confess that they too have received the Lord’s forgiveness and His grace which operates in them. And we welcome their worship as an authentic expression of praise for what God does. We wish then to pray together, uniting our voices even more. And even when divergences separate us, we recognize that we belong to the people of the redeemed, to the same family of brothers and sisters, beloved by the one Father. (Pope Francis; 2018)
Affirmation Litany (Christine Sine)
God, today we believe that you dwell in all
who confess Jesus as the Son of God,
God, today we will open our ears
to hear each one who confesses Jesus as the Son of God.
God, we believe you invite us
to accept each other as sisters and brothers,
God, today we accept and embrace
all who call themselves by your name.
God, we believe you call us to love each other
as we do ourselves,
God, with all our hearts,
we will strive to love our brothers and sisters
from every denomination and group.
God, we believe you ask us to use our gifts
to serve each other in unity and understanding,
God, may we, in a spirit of love and care,
use our gifts to build each other up.
God, we believe that in unity together
we will come to a full knowledge of Christ,
God, may we grow together into the knowledge
of the one in whom all things fit together.
Closing Prayer
Lord, give us the grace to know you more deeply,
in order to love you with all of our being.
Grant us a pure heart, to love our neighbour as ourselves.
May the gift of your Holy Spirit
enable us to see your presence in our sisters and brothers,
that we may love each other with the same unconditional love with which you love us.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.