The image this year reminds the viewer of the primary symbols of baptism. In reminding all Christians of their own baptism it serves as a reminder of the Christian call to proclaim the mighty acts of the Lord. (cf. 1 Peter 2:9) In Baptism we recall the mighty act of Jesus’ resurrection from the dead as we become sharers and partakers in a life of discipleship. As such, we are called to spiritually encourage one another through prayer and dialogue to seek always the unity of the Church.
Brief History of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
The Church Unity Octave was first observed in January, 1908. Celebrated in the chapel of a small Atonement Franciscan Convent of the Protestant Episcopal Church, on a remote hillside fifty miles from New York City, this new prayer movement caught the imagination of others beyond the Franciscan Friars and Sisters of the Atonement to become an energetic movement that gradually blossomed into a worldwide observance involving many nations and millions of people.