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Invocation

UNITY OCTAVE

 

 

 The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity lasts from January 18th until January 25th and is a time when Christians of all stripes are called to pray for the unity of the Church. Pope Leo XIII had asked for Catholics to pray for Christian unity and in 1897 established the continual recitation of a novena. The actual dates of the week of prayer were established by Spencer Jones, an Anglican priest and Lewis Wattson, an Episcopal priest who later converted to Catholicism. They suggested the dates of January 18-25 to begin with the old date of the Confession (or Chair) of St. Peter and end on the Conversion of St. Paul, holy days within the Church year. Pope Pius X approved the new octave and extended its observance throughout the whole of the Catholic Church. Paul Couturier, a Frenchman, is well known for popularizing the week. Kindly propagate this devotion and join in prayer.

Day 1 - Prayer
Heavenly Father, Your blessed Son asked that His Church be one as You and He are one,
but Christians have not been united as He prayed.
We have isolated ourselves from each other and have failed to listen to each other.
We have misunderstood and ridiculed a
nd even gone so far as to attack each other.

In doing so we have offended against You, against all our brothers and sisters in the Church
and against all who have not believed in You because of our scandalous disunity.
Forgive us Father,and make us fully one.
Blot out our sins,renew our minds,
rekindle our hearts,
and guide us by Your Holy Spirit
into the oneness that is Your Will. Amen

Source: ancient-future.net

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