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The Octave of Christian Unity: Day Two (Jan. 19)


calling of Andrew and Peter

Prayer Focus: Unity among all Christians, with a particular focus on Catholic and Orthodox relations, due to so many common beliefs and practices
Specific Request: All Catholic and Orthodox Bishops, Priests, and Deacons and ministers of other Christian churches

Daily Prayer
Eternal Father,
We thank you for your lovingkindness,
shown in the mission of your Son,
who came among us
for the salvation of all mankind.
Look upon your people with this same mercy,
and heal the divisions among us,
caused by our pride and selfishness.
We pray through the same Christ our Lord. Amen
David Bennett

Other Devotional Activity: offer an activity and/or prayer(s) in petition for Orthodox-Catholic Unity (e.g. fasting, Hail Mary, Jesus Prayer, etc.).


Western Reading
Against Heresies (Book III, Chapter 4) by St. Irenaeus (Bishop of Lyons)

Eastern Reading
Letter to the Trallians by St. Ignatius (Bishop of Antioch)

Note: Irenaeus (Western) and Ignatius (Eastern) were both bishops and are recognized as Saints in both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

Practical Activity

If you are Roman Catholic plan to visit an Orthodox Church or Eastern Catholic Church to get an idea about the Eastern Way of theology and practice. If you are Orthodox, visit a Roman Catholic Church. Remember to respect the Eucharistic disciplines in the parishes you visit. Also, visit a Protestant church, especially if you have never visited one.

The image is the calling of Peter and Andrew by Lorenzo Veneziano. Andrew represents Constantinople and Peter Rome.