Friday, June 24, 2011

Ut Omnes Unum Sint (That they all may be one)

Fr. Dale Matson

"Hear O Israel, the Lord is our God, the Lord is One" (Deuteronomy 6:4, NASB).

“That they may all be one; even as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be in Us, so that the world may believe that You sent Me.” (John 17:21, NASB).

“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.” Acts 2:1, NASB).

So the Father is God, the Son is God, and the Holy Ghost is God. And yet they are not three Gods but one God. (The Creed of Athanasius).

“We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.” (from the Nicene Creed).

“By Him and with Him, and in Him, in the unity of the Holy Spirit all honor and glory is Yours, Almighty Father, now and forever. AMEN. (Eucharistic Doxology).

“There is one body and one Spirit, just as also you were called in one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism.” (Eph. 4:4-5, NASB).

“A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another, even as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” (John 13:34-35, NASB).

“We can do nothing well till we act ‘with one accord’; we can have no accord in action till we agree together in heart; we cannot agree without a supernatural influence; we cannot have a supernatural presence unless we pray for it; we cannot pray acceptably without repentance and confession. Our Church’s strength would be irresistible, humanly speaking, were it but at unity with itself.” (from Tract number 90 by John Henry Newman 1841).

“O God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, our only Savior, the Prince of Peace: Give us grace seriously to lay to heart the great dangers we are in by our unhappy divisions; take away all hatred and prejudice, and whatever else may hinder us from godly union and concord; that, as there is but one Body and one Spirit, one hope of our calling, one Lord, one Faith, one Baptism, one God and Father of us all, so we may be all of one heart and of one soul, united in one holy bond of truth and peace, of faith and charity, and may with one mind and one mouth glorify thee; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.” (BCP, ‘For the Unity of the Church’ p.818).

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