On the occasion of the Week of Prayers for Christian Unity this year`s ecumenical worship was on 20th January 2013 in the Evangelical Church A. C. in Bratislava - Prievoz. Christians of several denominations associated in the Ecumenical Council of Churches (ECC) in Slovakia participated – its members and observers.
The theme and the prayers for the Week of Prayers for Christian Unity were prepared by an ecumenical group of Indian Student`s Christian Movement in India and they reflected the situation of the Dalits – the poorest class in India. The Christians all over the world including the Christians in Bratislava - Prievoz took thoughts of the Book of Micah 6: 6-8.
The Holy Gospel and prayers for Christian Unity were interpreted by the Dignities of the Churches : the Metropolitan of the Roman-Catholic Church and the Chairman of the Bishop`s Conference in Slovakia Stanislav Zvolensky, the Bishop of the Reformed Church and the vice-chairman of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in Slovakia Laszlo Fazekas, the Eparch of the Greek-Catholic Church Peter Rusnak, the Chancellor of Apostle Church Jan Lacho, and other Churches associated in the Ecumenical Council of Churches in SR.
The General Bishop of the Evangelical Church A. C. and the Chairman of the ECC in Slovakia Miloš Klátik was preaching on the Holly Gospel, Matt. 7: 7.
After benediction the director of the Church Department of the Ministry of Culture Ján Juran greeted Christians and also forwarded greetings from the President of the Slovak Republic Ivan Gašparovič. He thanked the churches for all positive things they had done during the last year and declared the interest of the state to build up the dialogue with churches.
At the end of the worship the General Secretary of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in the Slovak Republic Ladislav Krpala read the Proclamation of the Ecumenical Council of Churches in SR to all citizens, in which he remembered that the year 2013 is the Year of Cyril and Methodius when we commemorate the 1150th anniversary of their arrival to the Great Moravian Empire. It was not only a historical event but also the beginning of Old Slavic literature, the beginning of the new spiritual culture of our nation.
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