January 18-25, 2014, marks the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The week, begun in 1908, is an invitation to all Christian denominations to celebrate the unity they share in Jesus and to pray that we may all become one. The theme for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 2014 is "Has Christ Been Divided?" (1Corinthians 1:13).
On Monday, January 20, Bishop Burbidge will deliver brief remarks at the Martin Luther King Interfaith Breakfast, held at 7 a.m. at the Sheraton Imperial Hotel. And on Friday evening, January 24, the Bishop will participate with leaders of other local Christian churches in an Ecumenical Prayer Service, to be held in Our Lady of the Angels Chapel at Saint Francis of Assisi Parish in Raleigh at 7:00pm.
In a letter published in parish bulletins last week, Bishop Burbidge quoted Pope Francis, who said, “In the measure in which we draw closer to our Lord Jesus Christ in humility of spirit, we are certain to draw closer to one another. And, in the measure in which we ask the Lord for the gift of unity, we are sure that He will take us by the hand and be our guide.”
“In humility then,” the Bishop wrote, “let us together draw closer to Our Lord and seek this gift of unity during the week ahead. May God continue to bless our journey towards full communion, as we endeavor always to fulfill the prayer of Our Lord, ‘that all may be one...that the world may believe’ (John 17:2 1).”