INVITATION – The 13th edition of the Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace will take place on June 19, 2016 at 6 pm Holy Land time at the Maronite Patriarchal Exarchate in Jerusalem, in coincidence with the celebration of the Pentecost according to the Julian calendar, followed by many Eastern Churches.

The Extraordinary Prayer of June 19, 2016 is hosted and organized by the Maronite Church, an Eastern Catholic Church of Syriac rite in full communion with the Roman Catholic Church, and presided over by H.E. Moussa El-Hage, Maronite Archbishop of the Archeparchy of Haifa and the Holy Land and Patriarchal Exarch of Jerusalem and Palestine and Jordan (Maronite Church).

The Jerusalem Churches since 2010 repeatedly call all Christians in the world and all persons of good will to join in a special, great intercessory prayer for our time. They organize the prayer in turns and they take part to the prayers organized by other Churches. In Jerusalem, the Churches are uniquely close to each other, being all present around the Holy Places. The Extraordinary Prayer of all Churches for Reconciliation, Unity and Peace, beginning in and proceeding from Jerusalem, is based on the Jerusalem Church’s faith in its vocation of being and remaining somehow a starting point for the Church and especially for its full Communion, with the great charisma of the first Pentecost, and also due to their factual commune presence around the Holy Places of mankind’s Salvation.

In this time of terrible trials for many persons and especially Christians in the world, particularly in the Middle East, the cradle of Christianity, the prayer of 19 June 2016 is meant to be a solemn invocation for God’s Mercy and for the coming of the Holy Spirit to make all things and all hearts new. The prayer will follow the Pentecost celebration and ritual, with the invocation of the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the world and upon our time.
The celebration will include a procession of the Heads of Churches of Jerusalem or their representatives to the roof of the Patriarchal Exarchate, which lays in the middle of the Old City of Jerusalem, with a magnificent view on the Holy City, and in particular, on the Basilica of the Holy Sepulchre, or Basilica of the Resurrection (Anastasis), built in the very place where Christ died on the Cross and rose again. From the roof, they will be giving the final blessing to all participants and also bless together small bottles of water (a symbol of the Holy Spirit) to be distributed, as a reminder of the strength that comes from the Holy Spirit in difficult times.

As for all preceding editions of the Extraordinary Prayer, all Jerusalem Churches and all Christian communities, and especially their pastors, are personally invited to participate in the celebration. In order to allow any person around the world to join in a spiritual communion with the Jerusalem prayer, the latter will be broadcast live or in different ways by Christian TV channels in the Middle East, Europe, North and South America and possibly in Asia and Australia, in six languages. It will be followed by a documentary on the Maronite Church, the host of this edition.

The broadcast of the Extraordinary Prayer Initiative is coproduced, in support to the Jerusalem Churches and communities, by the Association for the Promotion of the Extraordinary Prayer Initiative (APEPI) and by the Christian Media Center (CMC), Jerusalem, themselves supported by particularly involved Christian TV channels, such as Cancao Nova, Noursat-Telelumière and Maria Vision.


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