This year, the Reformed Episcopal Church in Zagreb participated in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in different churches in Zagreb.  This year’s theme was, “What does God require of us?” based on Micah 6:8.  The persecuted church in India was remembered in prayer.  Pastor Jasmin Koso of Christ the Redeemer Church joined clergy from a wide spectrum of the Christian community.

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Prayer in Chatolic Church.

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On January 19th, the ecumenical service of prayer was held in St. Joseph’s Catholic Church.  Sunday evening, January 20th, the prayer service was in the Radiceva Baptist Church in the center of Zagreb.

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Prayer in Baptist Church.

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On January 21st, the joint service of prayer for unity was held in the Cathedral of the Transfiguration of the Lord, a Serbian Orthodox Church.

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Prayer in the Orthodox Church.

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Pastor Koso along with the other Protestant, Orthodox, and Catholic leaders spoke and prayed for a spirit of love and unity among the various branches of the Christian faith.   Parishioners from the various churches were blessed by the different styles of worship at each of the services, which were well attended.

Here you can see more images from Zagreb.

Text prepared by: Thomas Smith

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

At least once a year, many Christians become aware of the great diversity of ways of adoring God. Hearts are touched, and people realize that their neighbours’ ways are not so strange.

The event that touches off this special experience is something called the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Traditionally celebrated between 18-25 January (in the northern hemisphere) or at Pentecost (in the southern hemisphere), the Week of Prayer enters into congregations and parishes all over the world. Pulpits are exchanged, and special ecumenical celebrations and prayer services are arranged.

Ecumenical partners in a particular region are asked to prepare a basic text on a biblical theme. Then an international group with WCC-sponsored (Protestant and Orthodox) and Roman Catholic participants edits this text and ensures that it is linked with the search for the unity of the church.

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The text is jointly published by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and WCC, through the WCC’s Commission on Faith and Order, which also accompanies the entire production process of the text. The final material is sent to member churches and Roman Catholic dioceses, and they are invited to translate the text and contextualize it for their own use.

Theme for 2013: What does God require of us? (cf. Micah 6:6-8)

Brochure for 2013 in English (pdf)

Source: http://www.oikoumene.org

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