The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will be observed in our diocese with an Ecumenical Prayer Service led by Bishop David Talley on Friday, Jan. 19 at 11 a.m. at St. Francis Xavier Cathedral. Bishop Talley will preside and be the keynote homilist and will be joined by Rev. George Richard Snow of St. Timothy Episcopal Church, Rev. Grady Blackwell of First St. Mark Baptist Church, and Rev. Ashley McGuire of First United Methodist Church of Alexandria. A light reception will follow at Cathedral Hall immediately following the service. All area clergy are encouraged to attend the event and promote it in their bulletins. – Fr. Scott Chemino, V.G.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has a history of over 100 years . . . , in which Christians around the world have taken part in an octave of prayer for visible Christian unity.  By annually observing the WPCU, Christians move toward the fulfillment of Jesus' prayer at the Last Supper "that they all may be one."  (cf. John 17:21)

The theme of this year's Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is "Your Right Hand, O Lord, Glorious in Power." For more information, go to the USCCB's website here.