Tuesday, January 17, 2012

May they all be one

by Fr. Sergius Bulgakov

O Jesus Christ, our Lord and Saviour
thou didst promise to abide with us always.
Thou dost call all Christians to draw near
and partake of thy Body and Blood,
But our sin has divided us
and we have no power to partake of thy Holy Eucharist together.
We confess this our sin and we pray thee,
forgive us and help us to serve the ways of reconciliation,
according to thy will.
Kindle our hearts with the fire of the Holy Spirit,
give us the spirit of Wisdom and faith, of daring and of patience,
of humility and firmness, of love and of repentance,
through the prayers of the most blessed Mother of God
and of all the saints.

when attending the Eucharist of a Church
whose discipline does not yet allow us
to receive Holy Communion sacramentally

Lord Jesus,
I believe that you are in the Blessed Sacrament.
I love you above all things,
and I long for you in my soul.
Since I cannot now receive you sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart.
As though you have already come,
I embrace you and unite myself entirely to you.
Never permit me to be separated from you.

Lord Jesus, may we all be one
as you and Father are one,
so that the world may believe the Father has sent you.

Lord Jesus Christ, you said to your apostles,
'I leave you peace; my peace I give you.
'Look not on our sins,
but on the faith of your Church;
and grant her the peace and unity
which is according to your will;
who live and reign for ever and ever.


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