Prayer for Church Unity

I pray... that all of them might be one, Father,
just as you are in me and I am in you.
May they also be in us
so that the world may believe
that you have sent me.
--John 17:20-21

Heavenly Father,
your blessed Son asked that your church be one
as you and he are one,
but Christians have not been united as he prayed.
We have isolated ourselves from each other
and failed to listen to each other.
We have misunderstood and ridiculed
and even gone so far as to attack each other.
In so doing we have offended against you,
and against all who have not believed in you
because of our scandalous disunity.

Forgive us, Father, and make us fully one.
Blot out our sins, renew our minds,
enkindle our hearts,
and guide us by your Holy Spirit
into that oneness which is your will.




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Text provided by Victor Hoagland, C.P.
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