Prayer for the unity of the Church
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The office of the Archdiocese of Russian Orthodox Churches in Western Europe (exarchate of the Ecumenical Patriarchate) issued the following statement:

“We are informing you that our archdiocese-exarchate under the jurisdiction of the Ecumenical Patriarchate is in full communion with the whole Orthodox Church, because the Ecumenical Patriarchate has not broken the communion with the Patriarchate of Moscow and continues to mention it in the order of diptychs.

All the Orthodox faithful can therefore participate fully in the liturgical and sacramental life of our parishes.

We invite all the priests, deacons, monks, nuns, and faithful of our archdiocese-exarchate to pray for the unity of the Church, and we ask the priests, at the end of the Augmented litany during the Divine Liturgy, to add out loud  the following prayer inspired by Archimandrite Sophrony:

Prayer for the unity of the Church

Lord Jesus Christ, Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world, give us the strength to love as You commanded us.

You said to Your disciples, “Love one another, as I have loved you.” Grant us the grace and wisdom to fulfill this commandment every day.

Through Your Holy Spirit, give us the courage to humble ourselves in front of others, understanding that those who love more also humble themselves more.

Teach us to pray for one other and to bear each other’s burdens patiently. By the bond of an unwavering love, unite us around our venerable patriarchs and bishops, like the docile sheep of a single flock around their pastors whom they love.

Give us to see in each of our brothers and sisters the image of Your ineffable glory, and never to forget that our brother or sister is our own life.

And place us under the protection of Your Most Holy Mother, of John the Baptist Your forerunner, and of our venerable Doctors, Fathers, and Confessors of the Faith. Amen”

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Emma Cazabonne

Emma Cazabonne

Beside an anthology on Cistercian texts, Emma Cazabonne has translated and published articles on Cistercian spirituality, the Middle Ages, and Orthodoxy. She converted to Orthodoxy in 2008. Her husband is an Orthodox priest. If you are interested in having your book translated into French, she can be contacted here https://wordsandpeace.com/contact-me/

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