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January 18th through 25th: Chair of Unity Octave/Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Since 1908, a period of eight days (January 18th through 25th, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul) has been set apart for the express purpose of seeking “that unity which was prayed for by Christ Himself.” This was the inspiration given by God to Father Paul Wattson. Fr. Paul, along with Mother Lurana White, founded, within the Episcopal Church, the Franciscan Society of the Atonement in Graymoor, New York. Father Paul, who converted to Roman Catholicism along with Mother Lurana in 1909, considered the Octave the greatest project which came from Graymoor, and even though it was overshadowed by the less-specific “Week of Prayer for Christian Unity” during his own lifetime, he rejoiced that those separated from the Catholic Church felt called to observe the January period as a time of prayer for unity.  The Octave, as originally conceived by Father Paul and approved by Pope St. Pius X, reflects the unchanging truth that there can be no real unity apart from union with that Rock, established by Christ Himself, which is Peter and his successors. The traditional prayers and daily intentions as set by Father Paul Wattson are as follows: