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Linda Harvey

Correspondent

Last year ended with "light coming out of the darkness" at the United in Harmony Interfaith Prayer Service," December 19, at St. Paul Catholic Church. A pro- cession followed to Triangle Park in downtown Lexington. Three hundred people participated in the prayers, music, and poems. This time of year is festive for many of the world's faiths. The darkness so prominent in the northern hemisphere at this time

The "United in Harmony Inter- faith Prayer Ser- vice," held at St. Paul in Lexington December 19, pro- cessed downtown to Triangle Park for a commission- ing and a blessing. The main speaker was Rabbi Moshe Smolkin from Ohavay Zion syn- agogue. CR photo: Linda Harvey The 13th annual local observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity was held January 22 at Pax Christi in Lexington. CR photo: T.F. Shaughnessy

United in Harmony: "Bringing light to the darkness"

of year begs to be enlightened," proclaimed Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M., Conv. "Our coming to- gether in unity and filling the air with a harmonious sound is a way of bringing light to the darkness of division and misunderstanding that so often surrounds us." For Christians the birth of Jesus brings the joy of knowing that God is near us, God enters our world and comes as a child to lead us in the ways of peace," Bishop Stowe continued. "Thanks for adding a voice to this harmony and being a light in the world. May the coming New Year be an occasion for even more occasions for unity." We live in a broken world. Os- car Wilde wrote that each person kills the things she/he loves, and it doesn't take much to do it. We do it with a bitter look, a flattering word, a kiss. Our little betrayals, our mi- nor unkindnesses, are part of the broken world in which we live," said J.R. Zerkowski, organizer of the unity series. "We look around and see hostility and division, sus- picion and fear. A mess, too big, it seems, to clean up. But here's the thing: the brokenness of this world, and the chaos it brings to our lives, LEXINGTON. Leaders and repre- sentatives of 15 Christian faith communities from the Lexing- ton area and beyond celebrated the beginning of the 13th annu- al, local observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at Pax Christi Church in Lexing- ton Jan. 22. Approximately 120 people at- tended the evening prayer service. The theme of the week, "Rec- onciliation: The Love of Christ Compels Us," is taken from 2 Corinthians. The worship aid stated that "The initial work on

Prayer for Christian unity based on reconciliation

the theme for this year's week of prayerwas prepared by the church in Germany. We are re- mind that this is the 500th anni- versary of the Reformation. We are all one in and through the love of Christ." In his reflection, Bishop John Stowe, O.F.M., Conv., noted that in the reading from 2 Cor- inthians, St. Paul is concerned that the Body of Christ is divid- ed, and "sadly" that is the truth. We cannot be satisfied with that answer," the bishop said. He recalled a trip to a mis- sion of his Franciscan order in Monrovia, Liberia. While the trip was brief, he saw church af- ter church-of many Christian denominations-on the streets of that city, and it made an im- pression on him. The bishop wondered aloud why the same pattern had not made an equal impression on him on the streets of Lexington, such as Tates Creek Road and Clays Mill Road, which are regularly punc- tuated with churches. Bishop Stowe also noted that

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