The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019 in the Holy Land by Revd David Wakefield – Rector of the Lingwood Benefice

As part of his recent sabbatical, David spent three weeks in Jerusalem, praying and talking with the “living stones” of the Holy Land and considering life in Israel and the Palestinian Territories today.

As part of this he attended the nine daily services in the Old City during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity experiencing worship outside my Anglican tradition (Greek Orthodox, Armenian, Lutheran, Latin, Syrian Orthodox, Ethiopian Orthodox and Greek Catholic).  After each, he met local Christians and heard their stories of living in the Holy Land.  He said afterwards that ‘Meeting people of different Christian traditions during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity enabled me to understand the issues they face to a greater degree’.