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Prayer for Church Unity Octave January 22, 2015

Posted by Tantumblogo in Basics, Christendom, Ecumenism, episcopate, General Catholic, Glory, Grace, secularism, Society, Tradition, Virtue.

Pope Saint Pius X instituted this Octave over 100 years ago.  I know I’m late, but I thought the prayers below could be socked away for next year.  The Octave runs from Jan 18 – 25.  So, I’m only half out of it.

The below is to be recited over the Octave:

How the Sacred Heart must grieve to behold so many divisions among Christians separated from the One True Church He founded. Pray that Christ’s plea may be realized:

Antiphon: “That they may all be One, as Thou, Father, in Me and I in Thee; that they also may be one in US, that the world may believe that Thou has sent Me. (Jn XVII)”

V. I say unto thee, that thou art Peter

R. And upon this Rock I will build My Church

Let Us Pray:

O Lord Jesus Christ, Who didst say to Thine Apostles: “Peace I live with you, My peace I give unto you,” regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church, and grant unto her that peace and unity which are agreeable to Thy Will. Who livest and reignest, God forever and ever. Amen

To Our Lady, Help of Christians, to protect the Church (Optional):

Mary, Immaculate Virgin, Mother of God and our Mother, thou seest how the Catholic Faith is assailed by the devil and the world – that Faith in which we purpose, by the help of God, to live and die.  Do thou, O Help of Christians, renew thy victories of old, for the salvation of they children. To thee we entrust our firm purpose of never joining assemblies of heretics.  Do thou, all holy, offer to thy Divine Son our resolutions, and obtain from Him the graces necessary for us to keep them unto the end. Bring consolation to the visible head of the Church – support the Catholic Episcopate; protect the clergy and the people who proclaim thee Queen.  Hasten, by the power of thy prayers, the day when all nations shall be gathered around the Supreme Pastor. Amen.

Mary, Help of Christians, pray for us.

Jan 18 intention: The return of all the “other sheep” to the one fold of St. Peter

Jan 19 intention: the return of all Oriental separatists to Communion with the Apostolic See

Jan 20 intention: The submission of Anglicans to the Authority of the Vicar of Christ

Jan 21 intention: That the lutherans and all other protestants of continental Europe may find their way back to Holy Church

Jan 22 intention: That Christians in America may become One in communion with the Chair of St. Peter

Jan 23 intention: The return to the Sacraments of lapsed Catholics

Jan 24 intention: The conversion of the Jews

Jan 25 intention: The Missionary conquest of the world for Christ

I like that last intention – Missionary conquest.  That’s right.  Soldiers for Christ.  That is what we must be.  We are part of the…….what?

The Church Militant.  That’s right, too.

And our God is the God of Armies.  We mustn’t forget that.

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