Unity in Diversity Celebrated During Jerusalem Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

JERUSALEM, 31 January 2012 – The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in Jerusalem is not only a time to come together in prayer, but also a chance to explore the rich diversity of Christian traditions in Jerusalem and to build relationships.

People came from near and far to worship together in both unity and diversity over the nine days of services.

Each service reflected the deep theological and liturgical roots of its tradition, while inviting church leaders from different traditions to participate in leadership and welcoming visitors in many languages.

With a mixture of locals and internationals coming together in worship, every space was filled each evening, and in the receptions that followed each service, you found yourself at first nodding, then chatting, then truly beginning to know both visitors and locals, lay and clergy who were, like you, attending each service.

And after nine services in as many days and as many churches, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity drew to a close in Jerusalem on Sunday evening with an Agape meal of shared bread following the final service at the Greek Catholic Church of the Annunciation.

So, as the week itself draws to a close, we pray that the blessings of this week will extend in strengthened relationships, shared experiences, greater understanding, and closer unity throughout the year.

Day 1 photos

Click here to view photos from the Greek Orthodox Office of “Apodeipnon” (Compline) at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre.

Day 2 photos

Click here to view photos from the service at the Anglican Cathedral of St. George the Martyr.

Day 3 photos

Click here to view photos from the service at the Armenian Cathedral of St. James.

Day 4 photos

Click here to view photos from the service at the Evangelical Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.

Day 5 photos

Click here to view photos from the service at the Latin Patriarchate’s Church.

Day 6 photos

Click here to view photos from the service at the Upper Room “Cenacle” with the Franciscan Order.

Day 7 photos

Click here to view photos from the service at the Ethiopian Orthodox Church.

Day 8 photos

Click here to view photos from the Coptic and the Syrian Church’s service at St. Anthony’s Coptic Orthodox Church.

Day 9 photos

Click here to view photos from the Greek Catholic Church of the Annunciation.