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Bellary Christians Pray Fervently For Christian Unity

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altBALLARI, JAN 18: Christians of various denominations fervently prayed for Christian unity as they began the Prayer Octave for Christian Unity at CSI John Hands Memorial Church today in Bellary.

As a sign of unity, leaders of various Christian communities poured water into a vessel which symbolized Jacob’s Well where Jesus held conversation with the Samaritan woman.

The ecumenical prayer meetings are held under the auspices of United Christian Forum, Ballari (UCF).

Bishop of Ballari and President of UCF Henry D’Souza presided over the common worship on the theme, “give me to drink”. Pastor of John Hands Memorial Church Rev. Samuel Prasad led the service and Pastor Manohar preached on the theme.Frs. Chourappa and Yagappa assisted at the service.

In his message Bishop D’Souza urged all Christians to be aware of the need of all Christians “to pray for unity and to work for unity, as unity is the destiny of all”. “Christians have remained divided for too long and the pain of division is making it even insensitive. This division and brokenness of the mystical body of Christ are a sin and a scandal”, he stated.

 

He also emphasized on the need of reaching out to one another and to work together to fight the common enemies such as communalism, poverty and violence”.

 

The theme of the day highlighted the encounter between Jesus and the Samaritan woman inviting all Christians to try water from a different well and also to offer a little of their own. In diversity, we enrich each other.

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is a privileged moment for prayer, encounter and dialogue. It is an opportunity to recognize the richness and value that are present in the other, the different, and to ask God for the gift of unity. 

 
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