16 January 2013

My good friend,

Dr. John Stephenson, asked if the LCMS had prepared any resources for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a week many Christians observe between the Festival of the Confession of St. Peter and the Conversion of St. Paul. I told him we had not, but did point to what I believe should be the prayer of Christians during this week, from the Book of Common Prayer:

O gracious Father, we humbly beseech thee for thy holy Catholic Church; that thou wouldst be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it it in error, direct it; where in anything it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, establish it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of him who died and rose again, and ever liveth to make intercession for us, Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord.

We would do well to pray thus for our Lord's holy church in these days.


Unknown said...

Ecumenists would have many problems with that prayer Since they believe that every divergent doctrine/dogma within Christianity is equally valid and to be celebrated and heresies are not to be rooted out. Unity through diversity; Truth through heresy.

Ecumenism is, in itself, a heresy and should be blotted out. Chris

Fr. Jay Watson said...

Thank you Father Wm. for sharing that beautiful and Gospel filled prayer. I will be using it.
Deo Vindice,

Paul Becker said...

Hard to improve on the BCP!