Tuesday, May 29, 2007

The Collect for Tuesday in Whitsun Week

GRANT, we beseech thee, merciful God, that thy Church, being gathered together in unity by thy Holy Spirit, may manifest thy power among all peoples, to the glory of thy Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who liveth and reigneth with thee and the same Spirit, one God, world without end. Amen.

This collect (from the 1928 and REC prayer books) links well church unity to effectiveness in making a difference in the world and to glorifying God.

With the Anglican Communion becoming a less likely feasible venue for orthodox Anglican unity, it becomes all the more urgent that we pray and work for said unity without depending on Canterbury to provide it. For Our Lord of Canterbury seems to be becoming an instrument of disunity.

The alphabet soup of continuing Anglicanism is a scandal we must not allow to continue or increase. Now, like Dunkirk, continuing boats to evacuate the faithful may have to increase for a brief time. But our Lady’s Cathedral of the Anglican Jurisdiction of Antioch in My Apartment is not God’s will for the church.

I may have further thoughts on Anglican unity in due time.

(Right now, my mind is bit frazzled from a chess tourney. And I have a lot to catch up on.)

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