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The Octave of Christian Unity: Day Three (Jan. 20)


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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 Religious (monks, nuns, etc.)

Daily Prayer
O Lord Jesus Christ,
Son of the Everlasting Father,
you have called us to be one,
as you and the Father are one.
Grant us unity in your name,
that we may be witnesses to the world,
in loving service to all people,
united in your divine love. 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
Perpetual Virginity of Blessed Mary (Long, but good for Western thoughts on this subject) by St. Jerome

Eastern Reading
Hymn II (On the Nativity of Christ) by St. Ephrem the Syrian

Note: Jerome and Ephrem were both ascetics who were forerunners of the monastic movement. They are recognized as Saints in both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

Practical Activity

For the Catholics, visit an Orthodox monastery; for the Orthodox visit a Catholic monastery. Take note of how many things are the same and how much the religious of both Churches share in common.