In God's Hands: The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle

At the very heart of the ecumenical movement is the reality of prayer. Jesus prayed that we may all be one, united in God in the mystery of the Trinity. That is the basis and the goal of our search for unity.

The Ecumenical Prayer Cycle enables us to journey in prayer through every region of the world and through every week of the year affirming our solidarity with Christians all over the world, brothers and sisters living in diverse situations, experiencing diverse problems and sharing diverse gifts. Lord, hear our prayer ...

These pages are based on the Ecumenical Prayer Cycle "In God's Hands - Common Prayer for the World" (ISBN 978-2825414880). The book and the website offer valuable aids for intercessory prayers, prayer on behalf of and in solidarity with others.


Week #

Countries *

Dates in 2013

Week 1

Egypt, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories


30 December 2012 - 5 January

Week 2

Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Yemen, Iran, Iraq

6-12 January

Week 3

Cyprus, Greece, Turkey

13-19 January

Week 4

Algeria, Libya, Morocco, Tunisia

20-26 January

Week 5

Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway, Sweden

27 January - 2 February

Week 6

Ireland, United Kingdom

3-9 February

Week 7

Belgium, Luxembourg, Netherlands

10-16 February

Week 8

Portugal, Spain, Italy, Malta

17-23 February

Week 9

Germany, France

24 February - 2 March

Week 10

Austria, Liechtenstein, Switzerland, Andorra, Monaco and San Marino

3-9 March

Week 11

Myanmar, Thailand

10-16 March

Week 12

Cambodia, Laos, Vietnam

17-23 March

Week 13

China, Hong Kong, Macao

24-30 March

Week 14

Brunei, Malaysia, Singapore

31 March - 6 April

Week 15

East Timor, Indonesia, Philippines

7-13 April

Week 16

Japan, North Korea, South Korea, Taiwan

14-20 April

Week 17

Djibouti, Somalia

21-27 April

Week 18

Eritrea, Ethiopia

28 April - 4 May

Week 19

Sudan, South Sudan, Uganda

5-11 May

Week 20

Kenya, Tanzania

12-18 May

Week 21

Malawi, Zambia

19-25 May

Week 22

Botswana, Zimbabwe

26 May - 1 June

Week 23

Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland

2-8 June

Week 24

Angola, Mozambique

9-15 June

Week 25


16-22 June

Week 26

Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay

23-29 June

Week 27

Bolivia, Chile, Peru

30 June - 6 July

Week 28

Colombia, Ecuador, Venezuela

7-13 July

Week 29

Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua, Panama

14-20 July

Week 30

Belize, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico

21- 27 July

Week 31

The Caribbean: Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Grenada, Guyana, Haiti, Jamaica, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago

28 July - 3 August

Week 32

Canada, USA

4-10 August

Week 33

Aotearoa New Zealand, Australia

11-17 August

Week 34

The Pacific islands: Fiji, Kiribati, Marshall Islands, Micronesia, Nauru, Palau, Papua New Guinea, Solomon Islands, Tonga, Tuvalu, Vanuatu, Western Samoa and the French Overseas Territories of New Caledonia (Kanaky) and French Polynesia (Tahiti)

18-24 August

Week 35

Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania

25-31 August

Week 36

Czech Republic, Poland, Slovakia

1-7 September

Week 37

Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Montenegro, Serbia

8-14 September

Week 38

Bulgaria, Hungary, Romania

15-21 September

Week 39

Belarus, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine

22-28 September

Week 40

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia

29 September - 5 October

Week 41

Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Mongolia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan

6-12 October

Week 42

Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal

13-19 October

Week 43

India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka

20-26 October

Week 44

The Indian Ocean islands: Comoros, Madagascar, Mauritius, Seychelles, Maldives

27 October - 2 November

Week 45

Burundi, Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda

3-9 November

Week 46

Republic of Congo, Gabon, Sao Tomé and Principe

10-16 November

Week 47

Cameroon, Central African Republic, Equatorial Guinea

17-23 November

Week 48

Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, Niger

24-30 November

Week 49

Liberia, Sierra Leone

1-7 December

Week 50

Cape Verde, the Gambia, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Senegal

8-14 December

Week 51

Benin, Côte d'Ivoire, Togo

15-21 December

Week 52

Ghana, Nigeria

22-28 December

* The mention or absence of a country or a name of a country in this list does not imply any political judgment on the part of the World Council of Churches.