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Strong turnout for final service of Christian Unity Week

The final service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was held on the evening of January 24 at the Community Church Hong Kong in Sheung Wan, with strong participation of both Catholic and Protestant Christians. 
 
The hour-long English worship featured music, prayers and a sermon on the theme, Your Right Hand, Lord, Was Majestic in Power (Exodus 15:6). The event was co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Christian Council and the Catholic Diocesan Ecumenical Commission.
 

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Christians called to unite their voices

HONG KONG (SE): Kicking off the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity with the theme, Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power (Exodus 15:6), some 300 people came together for a joint ecumenical communion service and breakfast fellowship at the Methodist Church in Wanchai on January 18.
 
Representatives from the Protestant, Anglican, Orthodox and Catholic Churches led the congregation in prayer and song, proclaiming the scriptures and confessing the Nicene Creed.
 

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Your right hand O Lord, glorious in power (Exodus 15:6)

In the Book of Exodus, there is a fine description of the wondrous deliverance of the people of Israel from slavery to the Egyptians. This narrative refers not only to the history of a particular nation. It is a prophetic pre-figurement of the salvation of the whole human race by our Lord Jesus Christ, of redemption and salvation from the terrible bondage to death and corruption. 
 








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Connecting the struggle of ecumenism with people’s struggle for livelihood

HONG KONG (SE): During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which concluded on January 25, the diocese of Hong Kong participated in three main functions to celebrate the ecumenical movement among various Christian denominations in the city.

A prayer service was held in English at the Union Church in Kowloon followed by one in Cantonese at Christ the King Chapel in Causeway Bay and then a breakfast for the leaders of the various denominations.

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Interreligious dialogue more than timely for Asia

HONG KONG (UCAN): While interreligious dialogue may be a more urgent need in Asia than ecumenical relations, Bonifacio Tago, from the Good Samaritan Colleges in The Philippines, believes that the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity can serve as an impetus to rekindle appreciation of its value, as it is an appropriate time to pursue both avenues.

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Reformation is a source of reform and pain

HONG KONG (SE): “The Reformation was a process of both renewal and division amongst Christians in Europe,” the leader of the worldwide Anglican Communion, Archbishop Justin Welby, says in a statement for the global Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

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Ecumenism is needed

LAHORE (AsiaNews): “Unity must be a visible thing in Pakistan. Instead of meeting only when a church is attacked or in crisis situations, we should meet in times of peace,” Father Inayat Bernard, from St. Mary’s Seminary, said in the run up to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

He said, “Church leaders still have many reservations about other denominations and not everyone feels comfortable in going to another Church.”

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The 12 sins of division in Christian Churches

HONG KONG (SE): The 12 sins at the base of the divisions that fracture the visible body of Christ by splitting the Christian Church into hundreds of denominations in the world were documented on large blocks and assembled as a wall before the altar at a small gathering of around 60 people expressing the desire to see Christians worldwide work to overcome the abuse of power, the isolationist complex, pride, intolerance, hate and contempt, as well as discrimination that has pushed them apart.

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

 

Reconciliation:
For Christ’s love compels us

    (2 Corinthians 5:14)

 

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Path to unity may not be a happy one

HARBIN (UCAN): The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has shown in some quarters that the path towards ecumenical relations may not always be a happy one.

Joseph Chen discovered while preparing a booklet for a prayer service to be held in eastern Zhejiang during the week, which ran from January 18 to 25 this year, that among his Catholic friends there was far more than a mild disinterest.

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