Between 18th and 25th January of every year, Christian Churches and denominations join together in prayer in the process of reuniting as one Church. These dates were proposed in 1908 by Paul Wattson to cover the days between the feasts of St Peter and St Paul. In our schools, there are many students and educators who belong to different Christian Churches and denominations and therefore this week is an important opportunity to know more about each other and to grow in unity. You can explore more about the process of ecumenism in the below sections.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

The theme for 2022 is “We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him. (Mt 2,2)” and was prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches.

The Ecumenical Commission of the Archdiocese of Malta, in collaboration with Christians Together in Malta (Malta Ecumenical Council), is pleased to offer a set of spiritual resources which can be used during this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. It is very positive to notice that the students from the Junior College accompanied by their chaplain Fr Bernard Micallef and Dr Patricia Micallef, lecturer made their contribution.

This resource contains:

  • Prayers of forgiveness
  • Prayers of intercession
  • Daily Gospel Reflections for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
  • Information about the Diocesan Ecumenical Service 2022

The main Ecumenical Service in Malta will be held on Friday 21 January 2022 at 6:30pm (CET) at the Basilica of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Valletta (Old Theatre Street).

Auxiliary Bishop Joe Galea Curmi will preside. Pastor Earl Pingston (from the Evangelical Baptist Church) will deliver a biblical reflection on this year’s wonderful theme.

We hope to welcome as many persons as the large church can take, while we abide by all the protocols issued by the local Health Authorities.

The video of the Ecumenical Service will be uploaded on Saturday 22nd January on the Youtube channel of the Archdiocese of Malta.

Follow the readings for the ecumenical service

Ecumenism is the effort to unify divided Christians. It is a worldwide movement among Christians who accept Jesus as Lord and saviour and, inspired by the Holy Spirit. They seek through prayer, dialogue, and other initiatives to eliminate barriers and move toward the unity Christ willed for his church

“Unity was one of Jesus’ most important concerns. He prayed to the Father, “that they may all be one … so that the world may believe that you have sent me” (Jn 17,21).

Divisions are like wounds on the Body of Christ; they hurt and fester. Divisions lead to enmities and weaken the faith and credibility of Christians. Overcoming the scandal of separation requires the conversion of all concerned but also knowledge of one’s own faith convictions, dialogues with others, and especially prayer in common, and collaboration among Christians in serving mankind. Those in authority in the Church must not let the theological dialogue be interrupted.” (YouCat 131)

Explore more about ecumenism on the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity website

Xi tfisser il-kelma ‘ Ekumeniżmu’ ?
Għaliex dal-proċess għall-għaqda fost l-insara għall-istudenti ta’ skejjel Medji u Sekondarji
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During the Church history, unfortunately, there were many divisions with the result of Christian communities who are separated from each other. In the following link explore who are these are:

Explore more about Christian Churches and Denominations in World Council of Churches website

Moving Forward

In this Prayer Space, we will reflect that all Christians, even if there are in different Christian Churches and denominations, find their unity in Christ.

One Vine

Inspired by the biblical passage of the unity between the vine and the branches ( Jn 15: 5-19) this prayer space inspires one to appreciate and pray for unity specifically amongst Christians of different denominations.