A Prayer for Unity
By Roma De Robertis, SCIC
Praise to You, Gracious God of new beginnings. As one body, we rejoice to meet You in the person of your Son, Jesus.
With him, through your life-giving Spirit, help us hear cries of Earth, and of those living in poverty and pain.
Guide us to respond with courage, compassion, loving kindness, and justice bringing lasting peace.
During this Week of Prayer, we celebrate your call for unity, affirming our oneness with You, one another and all creation.
We pray especially with peoples of the Middle East, who amid great suffering, cherish your Wisdom, ancient and new – calling us to your beckoning Light.
Together, we ask to walk with integrity and hope, recognizing You amid darkness, divisions and unknowns.
With thanksgiving and trust, we pray in the name of Jesus, inspired by your unifying Spirit. Amen.
“We are invited to observe and celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Jan. 18-25. This year’s theme is from Matthew 2:2: “We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him.” Resources for reflection and prayer were developed by the Middle East Council of Churches. They are available free at www.weekofprayer.ca Let us pray for and with Christians near and far — for all ecumenical dialogues and relationships. We might include the Canadian and World Councils of Churches, the Prairie and Canadian Centres for Ecumenism and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity. Amid emergencies such as the pandemic and climate crisis, how might we respond to God’s urgent call for unity?” ~ Roma De Robertis, SCIC
Roma De Robertis is a member of the Sisters of Charity of the Immaculate Conception (SCIC) based in Saint John, New Brunswick.