The theme for the 2018 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, “Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power,” is taken from the book of Exodus 15:6. The resources for this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity have been prepared by the churches of the Caribbean by an ecumenical team of women and men under the leadership of His Grace Kenneth Richards, Catholic Archbishop of Kingston, the Antilles Episcopal Conference, together with Mr. Gerard Granado, General Secretary of the Caribbean Conference of Churches (CCC).
The contemporary Caribbean is deeply marked by the dehumanizing project of colonial exploitation. In their aggressive pursuit of mercantile gains, the colonizers codified brutal systems which traded human beings and their forced labor.
Today, Caribbean Christians of many different traditions see the hand of God active in the ending of enslavement. It is a uniting experience of God’s saving action which brings freedom. The Caribbean ecumenical team chose the song of Moses and Miriam (Ex 15:1-21) — a song of triumph over oppression — as the motif of this year’s Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
As we stand against all forms of exploitation and dehumanization and as we share the same challenges in our country, we believe that God is standing right beside us. God’s right hand is ready to manifest its might and power. The hand that manifests grace towards the oppressed, that protects the vulnerable; but also the hand that applies justice to the oppressor and destroys the destroyer. Today we can see it working among us through those who are working for justice, peace and unity in our communities, in our countries and in the world. Let us rejoice and celebrate every battle won in these areas, as the Israelites sang to God and celebrated the liberty and the victory He has given them!“
The week of Prayer for Christian Unity was initiated by an unassuming French priest, Fr Paul Irénée Couturier in 1954.
A Daily Prayer for Christian Unity
who prayed that we might all be one,
we pray to You for the unity of Christians,
according to Your will, according to Your means.
May Your Spirit enable us
to experience the suffering caused by division,
to see our sin,
and to hope beyond all hope. Amen.
p. Paul Couturier