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Theme : Jesus said to her: “Give me to drink” (John 4:7)

The biblical text of the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman, chosen by an ecumenical team in Brazil, invites us to try water from a different well and also to offer a little of our own. In diversity we enrich each other. The Week of Prayer for Unity is a privileged moment for prayer, encounter and dialogue. It is an opportunity to recognize the richness and value that are present in the other, the different, and to ask God for the gift of unity.

To drink water from someone else’s well is the first step towards experiencing another’s way of being. This leads to an exchange of gifts that enriches. Where the gifts of the other are refused much damage is done to society and to the Church.

“Give me to drink” implies an ethical action that recognises the need for one another in living out Christ’s mission. It compels us to change our attitude, to commit ourselves to see unity in the midst of our diversity, through our openness to a variety of prayer and Christian spirituality.


Saturday, Jan. 24 Anastasis (Holy Sepulchre), Calvary
Greek Orthodox Office of “Apodeipnon”(Compline) 5.30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 25 Anglican Cathedral of St George
Nablus Road 5.00 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 26 Armenian Cathedral of St James
Old City, Armenian Quarter 5.00 p.m.

Tuesday, Jan. 27 Lutheran Church of the Redeemer
Old City, near Holy Sepulchre 5.00 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 28 Basilica of Gethsemane
Kedron Valley 5.00 p.m.

Thursday, Jan. 29 Upper Room, Cenacle
Mount Zion 4.00 p.m.

Friday, Jan. 30 St Mark’s Church, Syrian Orthodox
Old City, near Jaffa Gate 5.00 p.m.

Saturday, Jan. 31 Ethiopian Orthodox Church
West Jerusalem, off Prophets’ Street 5.00 p.m.

Sunday, Feb. 1 Greek Catholic Church of Annunciation
Old City, near Jaffa Gate 5.00 p.m.

N.B. – Sunday 18 January, at 3.00 p.m., Fr. Frans Bouwen, w.f., will give a lecture on “L’actualité œcuménique en 2014” (in French), at the Monastery of the Emmanuel (Bethlehem, tel. 2744380).

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