Thursday, 7 January 2010

Prayers for unity?

It strikes me forcibly that those of us who are exploring the prospect of the restoration of unity with the Holy See as a result of Anglicanorum Coetibus have no specific daily prayers to ask for God's guidance as we discern our future. Perhaps they do exist, but in an increasingly isolated and seemingly directionless (and at present snowbound!) Wales, I am unaware of them. Any suggestions, anyone?


  1. From the Roman Missal (1962) the Collect for the Votive Mass of St. Peter's Chair with perhaps the addition given in parentheses:
    O God, who by delivering to Thy blessed Apostle Peter the keys of the kingdom of heaven, didst confer upon him the pontifical power of binding and of loosing, grant that, by the help of his intercession, we may be freed from the bonds of sin (and separation). Through Our Lord Jesus Christ...

  2. Would this be of any help? It seems to go to the heart of the question of realising 'external communion' in God's chosen time.

    "O HOLY Jesus, King of the saints, and Prince of the Catholic Church, preserve thy spouse whom thou hast purchased with thy right hand, and redeemed and cleansed with thy blood; the whole Catholic Church from one end of the earth to the other: she is founded upon a rock, but planted in the sea.

    "O preserve her safe from schism, heresy and sacrilege. Unite all her members with the bands of faith, hope and charity, and in an external communion, when it shall seem good in thine eyes.

    "Let the daily sacrifice of prayer and sacramental thanksgiving never cease, but be for ever presented to thee, and for ever united to the intercession of her dearest Lord, and for ever prevail for the obtaining for every of its members grace and blessing, pardon and salvation. Amen."

    (Jeremy Taylor, 1613-1667)


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