Thursday, January 29, 2009

One Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church

Tonight we had a High Mass where the Blessed Sacrament was displayed. As at all the other Masses here where I've had the privilege of serving, I experienced a very strong sense of rightness--that this is the way things ought to be, one church united in worshipping God. Of all the places I've been and things I've experienced thus far here in San Juan de Oriente, the sanctuary in that church is where I've felt the most at home.

The following prayer from the BCP is appropriate:

"O gracious Father, we humbly beseech thee for thy holy Catholic Church; that thou wouldest be pleased to fill it with all truth, in all peace. Where it is corrupt, purify it; where it is in error, direct it; where in any thing it is amiss, reform it. Where it is right, establish it; where it is in want, provide for it; where it is divided, reunite it; for the sake of him who died and rose again, and ever liveth to make intercession for us, Jesus Christ, thy Son, our Lord. Amen."


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