Christian Unity Week: January 18-25, 2019
Every year Christian churches around the world come together to pray for Christian Unity. This observance was started by Father Paul Wattson, who founded the Franciscans Friars of Atonement from New York. The Christian ecumenical observance began in 1908 as eight days of Christian Unity focusing on prayer. This year’s theme, Justice, Only Justice, You Shall Pursue (Deuteronomy 16:20) was prepared by representatives from different parts of Indonesia. This theme was important to their situation, and they came to realize this was a common need throughout the world. The Franciscan Friars of Atonement (Graymoor Franciscans) continue this tradition and provide materials and a sample prayer service for all to use.
On Thursday, January 24, Residents, Little Sisters, and Guests attended our Ecumenical Prayer Service. We are grateful to Deacon John Briet from St. Thomas of Villanova Church, Pastor Karl Fay from Prince of Peace Lutheran Church, and our chaplain, Father Damian Graziano for leading our Service. Pastor Fay, in his sermon spoke of how we cannot think of others as “them”, and how we need to work for justice/righteousness for everyone. As part of the service, five candles were brought forward and formed a circle of light. With each candle a promise of made…to help others live in dignity…to show others honor…to protect life…to live in simplicity and break the cycle of greed…and to always listen to the will of God. Through our prayers may we all become agents of God’s justice and peace.