In order to unite with one another, we must love one another;
in order to love one another, we must know one another;
in order to know one another, we must go and meet one another.
These words, known as the "Testament of Cardinal Mercier," are the impetus for the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The week (actually an octave, eight days) has been celebrated continuously since 1894. However, the Week was a dream of many Christian leaders since the early years of the 19th century.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is now celebrated around the world in January.
The 2013 prayers use the theme "What does God require of us" and are grounded in the work of the Student Christian Movement in India. The Canadian resources consist of a print kit and online resources. Download an information sheet [PDF: 1 p/169 KB]
The traditional date for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is 18-25 January. Those dates were proposed in 1908 cover the days between the feast of St. Peter and the feast of St. Paul, and therefore have a symbolic meaning.
The theme and focus biblical texts are prepared by an international Joint Committee of the World Council of Churches and the Pontifical Council for the Promotion of Christian Unity. National and Regional councils of churches work to adapt and add to these resources as appropriate to their local context. Visit The Canadian Center for Ecumenism website for ideas, including French and Bilingual resources.