Prayer for the Morning
There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism:
let us praise the God of our salvation!
Glory to the Father…. Alleluia!
Hasten the time appointed
By prophets long foretold,
When all shall dwell together
One Shepherd and one fold.
Let every idol perish:
Your truth to all make known
Till every prayer be offered
To God in Christ alone.
Let all that now unites us
More true and lasting prove,
A closer bond of union,
In a blest land of love.
Let war be learned no longer,
Let strife and tumult cease,
All earth his blessed kingdom,
The Lord and Prince of peace.
Holy Father, keep them in your name that you have given me, so that they may be one just as we are. (Jn 17:11)
Saint Josaphat gave his life in tireless pastoral service and in martyrdom for the unity of the Churches of East and West.
How good and how pleasant it is,
when brothers live in unity!
It is like precious oil upon the head
running down upon the beard,
running down upon Aaron’s beard,
upon the collar of his robes.
It is like the dew of Hermon which falls
on the heights of Zion.
For there the Lord gives his blessing,
life for ever.
Glory to the Father….
Word of God (John 17:20-23)
“I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me. And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved them even as you loved me.”
I give you a new commandment: love one another. As I have loved you, so you also should love one another. (Jn 13:34)
CANTICLE OF ZECHARIAH
I made known to them your name and I will make it known, that the love with which you loved me may be in them and I in them. (Jn 17:26)
Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel;
he has come to his people and set them free.
He has raised up for us a mighty savior,
born of the house of his servant David.
Through his holy prophets he promised of old
that he would save us from our enemies,
from the hands of all who hate us.
He promised to show mercy to our fathers
and to remember his holy covenant.
This was the oath he swore to our father Abraham:
to set us free from the hands of our enemies,
free to worship him without fear,
holy and righteous in his sight
all the days of our life.
You, my child, shall be called the prophet
of the Most High;
for you will go before the Lord to prepare his way,
to give his people knowledge of salvation
by the forgiveness of their sins.
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness
and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.
Glory to the Father…
With one heart and one voice, let us pray:
R/Make all your people one!
For the Churches of East and West:
– make one what has been divided by differences of language, culture, and understanding. R/
For those who work for the reunion of the Churches:
– grant them the courageous faith of Saint Josaphat in times of discouragement. R/
For those who seek to divide those who share one Lord, one faith, one baptism:
– bring them to conversion of heart. R/
O God, you animated Saint Josaphat with a profound love for your body, the Church. Through his intercession, lead your people toward the unity you desire, through Christ our Lord. Amen.