Interceding for unity between Christians means first of all to be united to the intercession of Jesus, the unique Mediator. It means letting the Holy Spirit pray within us, “for we do not know how to pray as we ought.” (Rm 8:26).
Our fervent prayer for the unity of all Christians is rooted in the words of Christ before his Passion: “I have given them the Glory you gave Me that they may be one, as We are One, I living in them, You living in Me, that their unity may be complete.“ (Jn 17:22-23).
We pray for healing of the scandalous division within the Body of Christ, beseeching the Father to bring about dialogue where hearts have been hardened, to inspire the leaders of the Church and their communities, giving to all a passion for unity.
As we yearn for unity, our prayers and celebrations are particularly inspired by the spirituality of the Eastern Church and the richness of its liturgy. We take it to heart to manifest the light from the Orient through the splendor of icons in our chapels and the reverence of Byzantine melodies in our sung praise.
Two lungs, one single breath:
toward one single communion in faith between the East and the West.