Pastoral Note from Archbishop Tartaglia on the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2014.
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ, the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from 18-25 January 2014. I encourage you to join with other Christians in your area in acts of worship and prayer for the unity of Christians. I myself will be participating and preaching at an ecumenical act of worship in Eastwood Parish Church, organised by Shawlands Churches Together.
These acts of common prayer on the part of Christians in a local area, although they seem little, remain important. They are a witness to our baptismal faith in the God of Jesus Christ - Father, Son and Holy Spirit. They speak of our sorrow for divisions among the churches and of our hope for greater unity. They are a witness to the importance of faith and religious freedom in our society. They are a sign of our commitment to the common good of all citizens, to justice, peace and the relief of proverty. They present an opporunity to pray for the many Christians around the world who are being persecuted on account of their faith. In a time when the search for truth is slow to bear fruit, the ecumenism of prayer and witness is even more important.
Please assure our brothers and sisters in Christ in other Christian churches and communities of my prayers and warmest wishes.
Yours devotedly in Christ,
+ Philip Tartaglia
Archbishop of Glasgow
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