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A community of hope embracing a community of pain

The English service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was hosted by Rosary Church in Tsimshatsui, on the evening of January 22. Maryknoll Father Michael Sloboda, the assistant parish priest, welcomed all to the unity service. An ecumenical working group in Indonesia prepared this year’s materials, while the event was co-sponsored by the Hong Kong Christian Council and the Catholic Diocesan Ecumenical Commission. 
 

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A pledge to promote justice in Christian Unity Week

HONG KONG (SE): In response to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, around 300 people from different Christian denominations attended an ecumenical prayer service at St. Teresa’s Church, Prince Edward Road, on January 19, in which Church leaders urged those present to bear witness to God through compassion, humility and a dedication to promote justice.
 

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Christian Unity Week in action

Sister Grace Lee FSP
 
There was a concrete experience of what it means to talk about Christians being united at an event held at the All Saints Cathedral (Anglican), Mongkok, for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, on January 20. Reverend Samson Fan, pastor of this beautiful Anglican church, invited the Daughters of St. Paul to participate in the worship and to put up a book and media counter for parishioners.
 

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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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