Prayers for the Unity of Orthodox Churches

Prayer – I

‘THEE/THOU’ VERSION

Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, head of the Church that is thy Body, who prayed for thy disciples to the Father, “That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me”: We confess that thy Church is one, and cannot be divided; we mourn for all who separate themselves from Her; we pray that thou mayest make the schisms to cease. We put not our trust in princes, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation; rather, we put all our hope in thee, and we beg of thee, send thy Holy Spirit to guide our hierarchs, that they may rightly divide the word of thy truth, and that they may bear witness to the unity of the Church in all their decisions. Preserve us, O Lord, from the Evil One and all his attempts to divide us, from the machinations of governments, from the ambitions of fallen men, and from the sin of pride. Heal the wounds caused by our lack of love, and fill us, and our hierarchs, with love for one another as brothers in Christ. Keep us in thy truth; thy word is truth. To thee, and thy Father, and the Holy Spirit: the Holy Trinity, the source and manifestation of all unity, one in essence and undivided, do we ascribe all praise, honor, and glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

‘YOU/YOUR’ VERSION

Behold, how good and pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!
O Lord Jesus Christ our God, head of the Church that is your Body, who prayed for your disciples to the Father, “That they all may be one; as you, Father, are in me, and I in you, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that you have sent me”: We confess that your Church is one, and cannot be divided; we mourn for all who separate themselves from Her; we pray that you may make the schisms to cease. We put not our trust in princes, nor in the sons of men, in whom there is no salvation; rather, we put all our hope in you, and we beg of you, send your Holy Spirit to guide our hierarchs, that they may rightly divide the word of your truth, and that they may bear witness to the unity of the Church in all their decisions. Preserve us, O Lord, from the Evil One and all his attempts to divide us, from the machinations of governments, from the ambitions of fallen men, and from the sin of pride. Heal the wounds caused by our lack of love, and fill us, and our hierarchs, with love for one another as brothers in Christ. Keep us in your truth; your word is truth. To you, and your Father, and the Holy Spirit: the Holy Trinity, the source and manifestation of all unity, one in essence and undivided, do we ascribe all praise, honor, and glory, now and ever and unto ages of ages. Amen.

Prayer – II

Fr. Kenneth C BIcknell, OSB

O Lord Jesus Christ, who didst pray unto Thy Heavenly Father on the night before Thine all own passion and death.  “May they be one, Father, even as Thou art in me and I am in Thee, that they be one in us”.  We humbly acknowledge and worship Thee, in the most Holy Trinity, three persons yet one All Powerful God

We beseech Thee; unworthy though we are of Thy mercy and Compassion, bring together, unite and pacify all the churches, which profess the True and Undivided Faith of Holy Orthodoxy.   Heal the divisions and schisms between us that are the product of our sinfulness, our pride, and the weakness of our faith.  Break down and destroy the walls we have erected between us, which keep us, as Orthodox believers, from giving one single convincing witness to the truth of Thy Holy Gospel and to the Eternal Life offered by Thee in and through Thy Holy Church.

By the consistency of our prayers, the repentance of our hearts, and thorough the operation and intervention of Thine All Holy Spirit, may we one day come to stand at Thy Holy Altar, partaking together of the Life-Giving Mysteries of Thy Most Precious Body and Saving Blood.  With heavy and regretful hearts, we supplicate Thee to unite all the Churches of Holy Orthodoxy, which they may truly be “one flock and One Shepherd”.

For all glory, honour, and worship belong to Thee, Christ God, with Thine Unoriginate Father, and Thine All Holy, Good and Life Creating Spirit, now and unto the ages of ages, AMEN.

Act of Spiritual Communion

My Jesus, I believe that You are present in the Blessed Sacrament. I love You above all things and I desire You in my soul.  I do not want to live one minute without You in my life.  Although I cannot receive You in the Blessed Sacrament, come nonetheless spiritually and actually into my heart.  As though You were already there, I embrace and unite myself to You; permit not that I should ever be separated from You.

Amen.