Friday, September 30, 2005

Church, Monastery of the Protection of the Most Holy Theotókos (Mother of God), Weaverville, North Carolina

Eastern churches

Ukrainian Catholic bishops attend Polish episcopal conference
Great news of peace and reconciliation between the Poles and the Galicians as the former historically mistreated the latter (Galicia was Polish for most of its history).

(What’s extraordinary about the late saintly Metropolitan Andrew (Sheptytsky) was he was a Polish count who chose to join the looked-down-upon church of some of his ancestors and led it for the first half of the 20th century.)

But in terms of working for corporate reunion — the goal of the Holy See — it sends the wrong message to the Russians, who will see a Western conspiracy all over again (remember Boris Godunov?). But the Ukie Catholics of late haven’t been working towards that goal.
O kind-hearted Lord Jesu, Our Saviour, receive the prayers and petitions of thy sinful and unworthy servants falling down before thee and unite us all in one, holy, Catholic and apostolic Church. Flood our souls with thine unquenchable light. Put an end to religious disagreements, and grant that we thy disciples and thy beloved children may all worship thee with a single heart and voice. Fulfil quickly, O most merciful Lord, thy promise that there be one flock and one shepherd of thy Church; and may we be made worthy to glorify thy Holy Name now and ever and unto endless ages. Amen.
- Blessed Leonty (Leonid Feodorov)*

*Translation tweaked by me for style and to better match the Russian.

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