Today is the second day of the Church Unity Octave.
Lord Jesus, we grieve over our divisions. Through our divisions, we who are called to love one another, have become a mockery to the world. And in this way, we have dishonored Your Name to the world. Because we love You, we want to honor and glorify You before all men, by being united in truth and love with all Your disciples. We are divided in various ways: in our doctrines, in our sacraments, and in our government. When we cannot share the Eucharist together, then we are not united. Lord Jesus, please help us all to see that we are divided, and that You desire deeply that we be fully united in faith, worship, and government. Place in us all a longing, out of love for You, to be one with each other. And solidify our resolve to seek with untiring effort, relying on the power of your Holy Spirit, to be reconciled in complete unity with all our brothers and sisters in Christ from whom we are now separated by schism.
In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.
"Let unity, the greatest good of all goods, be your preoccupation." - St. Ignatius of Antioch (Letter to St. Polycarp)