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Orthodox, Catholics, and Protestants of Lviv will gather together for a joint prayer

Lviv (Jan 20, 2009) - On January 21, 2010, at 5 p.m. in the chapel of Ukrainian Catholic University, Sventsitskoho Str. 17, an interdenominational prayer will take place. The event will be conducted as part of the worldwide Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, which takes place from January 18 to 25.

Representatives of different churches and Christian communities of Lviv will take part in the prayer.  The program of the meeting includes a joint prayer, informal conversation with coffee and sweets, and a performance of a pantomime.

The world has celebrated the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity for already 42 years. The World Council of Churches along with the Pontifical Council for the assistance of Christian unity initiated the event. “Such annual ecumenical meetings help us understand and comprehend what has already been done for the unity of Christians, helps us realize the still existing problems, and confirms the necessity of joint prayer not only in its theological value, but also in its practical sense,” said doctor Ihor Shaban, the head of the Commission of the UGCC for the assistance of unity between Christians.

Organizers: The Institute of Ecumenical Studies of the Ukrainian Catholic University and the Commission of the UGCC for the assistance of unity between Christians.

Informed in the institute of ecumenical Studies of the UGCC

Awake, O sleeper, and arise from the dead!

My soul, O my soul, rise up! Why are you sleeping? The end draws near, and soon you will be troubled. Watch, then, that Christ your God may spare you, for He is everywhere present and fills all things.

From the Great Canon of Andrew of Crete

Wisdom from the Church Fathers

We should zealously cultivate watchfulness, my brethren; and when, our mind purified in Christ Jesus, we are exalted by the vision it confers, we should review our sins and our former life, so that shattered and humbled at the thought of them we may never lose the help of Jesus Christ our God in the invisible battle.

St. Hesychius the Presbyter
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