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Churches reveal common Easter prayer

Korean Protestants from both sides of the border will be praying for reunification, peace this Easter

Christians of the National Council of Churches in Korea and the (North) Korean Christian Federation are in front of a church in Pyongyang, North Korea (photo: NCCK) Christians of the National Council of Churches in Korea and the (North) Korean Christian Federation are in front of a church in Pyongyang, North Korea (photo: NCCK)
  • ucanews.com reporter, Seoul
  • Korea
  • April 21, 2011
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Protestant Churches in North and South Korea say this year’s common Easter prayer will be for peace and the reunification of the Korean peninsula.

The National Council of Churches in Korea (NCCK) and the (North) Korean Christian Federation (KCF) released the text of the Easter Sunday prayer on Tuesday.

The NCCK will read it during a joint service in the Yoido Full Gospel Church in South Korea on April 24.

“Inter-Korean tension remains high following the North's sinking of the warship, Cheonan, and its shelling of Yeonpyeong-do Island last year. So Christians should pray for each other,” said Reverend Lee Hun-sam, director of the NCCK’s justice and peace department.

“Please be with the two Koreas who desperately need the resurrection of Jesus. We didn't request reconciliation nor practice sharing. As a result, the dialogue between the two Koreas has stopped and we have faced the growing fear of possible war now,” the prayer reads.

“We haven't realized peace and reunification for 66 years since the division of the Korean Peninsula. Please give us peace,” it goes on to say.

The Common Easter Prayer has been jointly written by both the NCCK and KCF since 1996.

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