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Friday, December 9, 2016
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
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¬†Pray Without Ceasing' is the theme of the 100th Week of Prayer for Christian Unity which starts next Friday (18 January) Many events are planned around the world to mark the centenary. The Week of Prayer was first marked by Father Paul Wattson, an Episcopalian Franciscan priest in the USA. The resources for this centenary year have been produced in the USA. The image is from Ground Zero and symbolises the sense of praying for peace and reconciliation, both within the Church and the world. At Westminster Abbey, on Friday 18 January at 5pm, a special Service to commemorate the Anniversary, will be held in the presence of the four Presidents of Churches Together in England: the Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams, the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O'Connor, Bishop Nathan Hovhannisian, primate of the Armenian Church of Great Britain, and Commissioner Betty Matear of the Salvation Army. The Service will be conducted by the (newly-appointed) Dean of Westminster, the Very Revd Dr John Hall. No tickets are required and all are welcome. On Sunday, 20 January, at 3.30pm, Westminster Cathedral, the preacher at Solemn Vespers will be the Rt Revd Graeme Knowles, newly-appointed Dean of St Paul's (formerly Bishop of Sodor and Man ≠ Isle of Man). All are welcome. This will be the first time the new Dean has come to Westminster Cathedral. A major ecumenical celebration will also take place at St Albans Abbey in Hertfordshire on 20 January. The London Community Gospel Choir and Salvation Army band will perform during the opening Act of Worship at 4pm. The guest speaker will be Pam Rhodes from BBC Songs of Praise At 6.30pm there will be a Thanksgiving Service, with the Cathedral Choir, London Gospel Choir and Salvation Army band. The preacher will be Fr Timothy Radcliffe OP. At the St Alban's event there will also be stalls, special facilities for children with Christian children's entertainer Mr Marvel and refreshments. http://www.stalbanscathedral.org.uk/ecumenical_event0108.pdf During the week there will also be the traditional exchange of choirs between St Paul's Cathedral and Westminster Cathedral. On 18 January (at nearly the same time as the Westminster Abbey event) the choir of St Pauls will come to Westminster Cathedral to sing Evensong at 4.30pm. Westminster Cathedral Choir will go to St Paul's Cathedral on Thursday 24 January at 5pm to sing Vespers. For resources and more information see: http://www.ctbi.org.uk/CGC/183/
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