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      Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

18 - 25 January

“We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him” (Mt 2:2)

The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) had entrusted the Middle East Council of Churches based in Beirut, Lebanon, with the task of choosing the theme and preparing draft texts for the Week of Prayer 2022. They chose the theme, “We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him” (Mt 2:2). More than ever, in these difficult times, we need a light that shines in the darkness and that light, Christians proclaim, has been manifested in Jesus Christ.


BIBLICAL TEXT FOR 2022
Matthew 2:1-12

In the time of King Herod, after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising, and have come to pay him homage.” When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him; and calling together all the chief priests and scribes of the people, he inquired of them where the Messiah was to be born. They told him, “In Bethlehem of Judea; for so it has been written by the prophet:

And you, Bethlehem, in the land of Judah, are by no means least among the rulers of Judah; for from you shall come a ruler who is to shepherd my people Israel.’”

Then Herod secretly called for the wise men and learned from them the exact time when the star had appeared. Then he sent them to Bethlehem, saying, “Go and search diligently for the child; and when you have found him, bring me word so that I may also go and pay him homage.” When they had heard the king, they set out; and there, ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising, until it stopped over the place where the child was. When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed with joy. On entering the house, they saw the child with Mary his mother; and they knelt down and paid him homage. Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh. And having been warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they left for their own country by another road. (New Revised Standard Version)

Biblical Reflections and Prayers for the Eight Days (PCPCU resources)

DAY 1:

  • “We observed his star in the East” (Mt 2:2)
  • Raise us up and draw us to your perfect light

DAY 2:

  • “Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews?” (Mt 2:2)
  • Humble leadership breaks down walls and builds up with love

DAY 3:

  • “When king Herod heard this he was disturbed, and all Jerusalem with him” (Mt 2:3)
  • The presence of Christ, turning the world upside down

DAY 4:

  • “And you, Bethlehem… are by no means least” (Mt 2:6)
  • Though small and suffering, we lack nothing

DAY 5:

  • “Ahead of them, went the star that they had seen at its rising” (Mt 2:9)
  • Guided by the one Lord

DAY 6:

  • “They saw the child with Mary his mother, and they knelt down and paid him homage” (Mt 2:11)
  • Gathered in worship around the One Lord

DAY 7:

  • “Then, opening their treasure chests, they offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh” (Mt 2:11)
  • The gifts of communion

DAY 8:

  • “They left for their own country by another road” (Mt 2:12)
  • Beyond the familiar routes of separation to God’s new paths
PCPCU Resources for 2022

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