Chronicles of the week of prayer for Christian unity in Jerusalem

During the week of 20-30 January 2023, Martin Hoegger and Daniel Fatzer participated in the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. Each evening they participated in the prayer of a church in the old city, which opens its doors for a prayer for unity. They also visited several leaders and families to reflect with them on a "pilgrimage to 2033" in Jerusalem.

Here are some of the chronicles of this unique and intense experience! 

Chronicle I
Seeds of better life - A milestone in Christ Church's messianic community - Orthodox Church vespers on Golgotha - Lutheran evening in Victoria Augusta

Chronicle II
The Light of the Risen One - The Mystery of Jerusalem (with David Pileggi, Anglican priest) - A memorable ordination in the Lutheran Church - A strong friendship: Andraous Jarshan, Sabeel.

Chronicle III
Lectio divina on the theme of the week: seeking goodness and justice - Harry Tees: Evangelical Alliance in Israel - Armenian Orthodox Church: true justice

Chronicle IV
P. Frans Bouwen: "Easter together 2025" - Yusef Daher: An "ecumenical pilgrimage to 2033" - Stairs of unity - Focolare: Involving the grassroots

Chronicle V
Simon Holland and the Garden Tomb, a place of refreshment - Victor Kalisher and the Bible Society in Israël: Translating the Bible into modern Hebrew - Patriarch P. Pizzaballa: The mission of the churches in the Holy Land - For "worthy women"

Chronicle VI
Sabeel: On the way together - "Crush injustice": Cenacle - "Call to Courage": Ethiopian Orthodox Church - "Enthusiasm": Evangelical Alliance Church - "Artoclasia": Greek Catholic Church


Photo: "The Stairs of Unity

Next to the Church of St. Peter in Gallicante are the "Stairs of Unity". These are the famous stairs from Roman times, where Jesus descended from the Cenacle, where he had his last meal with his disciples, to the Garden of Gezsemane.

According to one tradition, Jesus said his prayer for unity in this place: "That they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I am in you, that they may also be in us, so that the world may believe that you have sent me" (17:21).

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