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The Octave of Christian Unity: Day Seven (Jan. 24)


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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 Christian Schools, Colleges, Seminaries, and Universities.

Daily Prayer
O God,
the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
our only Savior, the Prince of Peace;
Give us grace seriously to lay to heart
the great dangers we are in
by our unhappy divisions.
Take away all hatred and prejudice,
and whatsoever else may hinder us from godly union:
that as there is but one Body and one Spirit,
and one hope of our calling,
one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism,
one God and Father of us all,
so we may be all of one heart and of one soul,
united in one holy bond of truth and peace,
of faith and charity,
and may with one mind and one mouth glorify you;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, 1928, modified

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


Eastern Reading
On the Body and Blood of Christ by St. Cyril of Jerusalem

Western Reading
On the Mysteries (chapter 8) by St. Ambrose of Milan

Note: Cyril and Ambrose are Saints in both the Catholic and Orthodox Churches.

Practical Activity

Try to better understand the theology and practice of the Orthodox and Catholic Churches by taking in a lecture or class about each Church.

Image of Saint John Chrysostom, renowned preacher and theologian in both Western and Eastern churches.