2010 - Vol. 36
Jesus On the Cross, by
for Christian Unity
ought at all times to be making contributions
reunion, if it is only by their prayers – C.S. Lewis
on the need to pray and work for Christian unity, written by C.S. Lewis,
a prolific Christian author, and member of the Church of England, who died
on January 22, 1963
The time is always ripe for
reunion. Divisions between Christians are a sin and a scandal, and Christians
ought at all times to be making contributions towards reunion, if it is
only by their prayers. I am only a layman and a recent Christian, and I
do not know much about these things, but in all the things which I have
written and thought I have always stuck to traditional dogmatic positions.
The result is that letters of agreement reach me from what are ordinarily
regarded as the most different kinds of Christians; for instance, I get
letters from Jesuits, monks, nuns, and also from Quakers and Welsh Dissenters,
and so on. So it seems to me that the 'extremist' elements in every church
are nearest one another...
[quote from The
Grand Miracle, and Other Selected Essays on Theology and Ethics from
God in the Dock, by C.S. Lewis, Random House, 1970]
priestly prayer for unity
the Gospel of John, Chaper 17:20-23
I do not pray for these only, but also for those who believe in me
through their word,
that they may all be one; even as you, Father, are in me, and I in
that they also may be in us, so that the world may believe that you
have sent me.
The glory which you have given me I have given to them,
that they may be one even as we are one, I in them and you in me,
that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that
have sent me and have loved them even as you have loved me.
early church's prayer for unity
the Teaching of the Twelve Apostles (Didache),
early church manual written around 90 AD
Think of your church, O Lord. Free it from all evil and perfect it in
your love. Assemble it from the four winds, and having sanctified it, lead
it to the kingdom which you have prepared for it. For yours is the power
and the glory for all eternity.
unity in the bond of peace and love
of St Mark, used in Alexandria, dating from the 2nd century
O Soverign and almighty Lord, bless all your people, and all your flock.
Give your peace, your help, your love to us your servants, the sheep of
your fold, that we may be united in the bond of peace and love, one body
and one spirit, in one hope of our calling, in your divine and boundless