Thanks to Huw at Doxos for sharing this great prayer of blessing for this week’s meeting of Pope Benedict and Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople. The pope will be in Turkey Tuesday to Thursday, November 28-30. The prayer comes from Metropolitan Nicholas of the Carpatho-Russian Orthodox Diocese of the USA, who asked that it be recited at all Divine Liturgies on the Sundays of November 19 and 26.
O Holy Father from Whom all blessings flow, we come before You in meekness and bow down: humbly we beseech You to look kindly upon the meeting of Patriarch Bartholomew, Archbishop of Constantinople, and Pope Benedict, Pontiff of Rome. For too long, there has been division and alienation in the Church, when there should have been the unity of the Body of Christ. We beg Your mercy and wisdom, O Lord, to provide for the welfare of the holy churches of God and for their union. Let this occasion of fellowship be for the healing of old disputes. In Your infinite power, protect these Shepherds of the Great and Holy Pasture of Christ. Shield them, and all who attend, from the peril of harm. And in Your matchless grace, establish a bright new work in these latter days, so that the world might see the Face of Christ; so that men and women might repent, believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and be saved in the Apostolic Church of God. For these supplications, we humbly beseech You, Holy Father, hear us and have mercy…
If you don’t know Doxos, get to know it. Huw’s a southerner, a convert to Orthodoxy, and a great laborer for unity of east and west. Also, he posts the martyrology for each day, which is an important contribution to the patristiblogosphere.
You’ll find more on the papal-patriarchal visit at the website of the patriarchate.