Jan 8, 2012

Prayer of Confession: Christian Unity

Here’s a litany of repentance written for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (January 18-25).  It comes from the World Council of Churches website.

Prayer of Repentance

Almighty God,
in spite of the Unity we receive in Christ,
we persist in our disunity.
Have mercy on us!

Have mercy on us! (or sing Kyrie Eleison)

We harden our hearts when we hear the Gospel.
Have mercy on us!

Have mercy on us!

We fail to serve You in our brothers and sisters.
Have mercy on us!

Have mercy on us!

The disobedience of Adam and Eve
brought suffering and death to us,
and creation was wounded and torn apart.
Have mercy on us!

Have mercy on us!

(A moment of silence is kept)

May God Almighty have mercy on us,
forgive our sins,
and lead us to eternal life.
Amen.

— from the Ecumenical Worship Service 2012 jointly prepared and published by The Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and The Commission on Faith and Order of the World Council of Churches.  Posted on the World Council of Churches website.  

For more worship resources related to Christian unity, click on Christian Unity in the list of “Labels” at the lower right side of the page, or see this Resources for Christian Unity Index.