Monday, January 22, 2007
Octave of Christian Unity...
These days now we are praying in particular for Christian unity. We do this every year during this so-called "Octave of Christian Unity." It started last week on the old Feast of the Chair of Peter at Rome and will end on the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul (18 January - 25 January, 2007).
If you have a copy of the Raccolta you'll see some great prayers in there for this octave of prayer:
First Day: For the return of the 'other sheep' to the One Fold of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Second Day: For the return of the Eastern Orthodox Christians to communion with the Apostolic See.
Third Day: For the return of the Anglicans to the authority of the Vicar of Christ.
Fourth Day: For the return of all Protestants throughout the world to the unity of the Catholic Church.
Fifth Day: That Christians in America [or: throughout the world] may be one, in union with the Chair of St. Peter.
Sixth Day: That lapsed Catholics will return to the Sacraments of the Church.
Seventh Day: That the Jewish people will be converted to the Catholic Faith.
Eighth Day: That missionary zeal will conquer the world for Christ.