The Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Roman Catholic Church jointly held an ecumenical commemoration of the Reformation on 31 October 2016 in Lund, Sweden.
Locally co-hosted by the Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm, the event highlighted the solid ecumenical developments between Catholics and Lutherans and the joint gifts received through dialogue, particularly in anticipation of the 500th Reformation anniversary in 2017. It was held in two parts: a common prayer service in Lund Cathedral and a public event at Malmö Arena.
The cathedral service followed the Common Prayer liturgical guide, based on the Lutheran-Catholic dialogue report From Conflict to Communion. Malmö Arena was stage for activities focusing on the commitment to common witness and service of Catholics and Lutherans in the world. Pope Francis, LWF President Bishop Dr Munib A. Younan and LWF General Secretary Rev. Dr Martin Junge led the common prayer service and arena event in conjunction with leaders from Church of Sweden and the Catholic Diocese of Stockholm. Proceeds from Malmö Arena ticket sales were earmarked to support projects of The Lutheran World Federation and Caritas Internationalis with Syrian refugees in the Middle East.
Both the liturgy in Lund Cathedral and the event in Malmö Arena will be livestreamed. The schedule is as follows:
14:30 CET Common Prayer in Lund Cathedral
16:45 CET Together in Hope in Malmö Arena
Photos and video posted to the Church of Sweden site. Available for use, provided correctly credited.
Sing up to cover the Commemoration
Joint prayer for the Reformation Commemoration