Church representatives praying a blessing at the Church of the Transfiguration.

By Jared Ng

“I feel empowered after hearing what Msgr Heng said about building greater Christian unity by moving beyond our prejudices and hurts about one another,” said Ms Cindy Saw.

For Mr Alex Yip, his hopes of “one united Church were renewed” and he said he intends to engage in more meaningful dialogue with his Christian colleagues.

These were some comments from participants who attended the last service of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The service, held on Jan 25 at the Church of Transfiguration, saw participants recite the Creed and also join hands to sing the Our Father.

In his homily, Msgr Philip Heng said that “in spite of our differences, Christians have to recognise the greater fundamental truth that we all believe in: Jesus Christ, our saviour and our Lord.”

“[Christians] must have the ability to go beyond our prejudices against one another... and learn to build greater unity among the different denominations,” he added.

He urged those gathered to foster greater communion to achieve Christian unity.

“This gift of communion with one another comes from God ... it must be nurtured into a maturity that witnesses to Christian unity,” he said.

Church representatives praying a blessing at The Salvation Army Balestier Corps.

During the Jan 24 service held at The Salvation Army Balestier Corps, prayers of reconciliation were made to deliver Christians “from the fear and suspicion that separate us from each other and place limits on hope and healing.”

Other services on Jan 18, 19 and 23 were held at the Covenant Community Methodist Church, the Mar Thoma Syrian Church and the Anglican St Andrew’s Cathedral respectively.

The services were organised by the Archdiocesan Catholic Council for Ecumenical Dialogue (ACCED) and host churches.

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