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...I made known to them your name, and I will make it known, that the love with which you have loved me may be in them, and I in them. For yours is the power and the glory for all eternity.O Soverign and almighty Lord, bless all your people, and all your flock.Kindle our hearts with the fire of the Holy Spirit.Give us the spirit of Wisdom and faith, of daring and of patience, of humility and firmness, of love and of repentance, through the prayers of the most blessed Mother of God and of all the saints. Fr Sergius Bulgakov O Merciful Lord Jesus, Our Savior, hear the prayers and petitions of Your unworthy sinful servants who humbly call upon You and make us all to be one in Your one, holy, catholic, and apostolic Church. Put an end to religious disagreements, and grant that we your disciples and your beloved children may all worship You with a single heart and voice. Leonid Fedorov The unity of Christians is and remains prayer, it resides in prayer.But our sin has divided us and we have no power to partake of Your Holy Eucharist together.We confess this our sin and we pray You forgive us and help us to serve the ways of reconciliation, according to Your Will.
We grieve that our disunity has hindered the proclamation of the gospel to all the nations (Matthew ; John ).
May we learn more deeply our unity in diversity, and strive to work together to preach, and build up the Kingdom of your abundant love to all, while accompanying each other in each place, and in all places. 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.
May we always be mindful of Christ as the source of our life together. 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.
Give us the grace to be effective servants of reconciliation within our churches.
In this way help us to serve the reconciliation of all peoples, particularly in your Holy Land the place where you demolish the wall of separation between peoples, and unite everyone in the Body of Jesus, sacrificed on Mount Calvary.