17 January 2018

Indulgences for Unity Week

Enchiridion Indulgentiarum  (sectio 11, page 58) offers a plenary indulgence for participating in Unity Week. You must attend aliquot functionibus (at least two public functions) and the concluding function; and, of course, fulfil the usual conditions.

A partial indulgence may be acquired by saying an approved prayer. The following* is on the back of a rather attractive prayer card issued in 1958 by the Anglo-Papalist Confraternity of Unity, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of the Chair of Unity Octave.

Antiphon That they all may be one, as Thou, Father, art in Me and I in Thee: that they also may be one in Us: that the world may believe that Thou hast sent Me.

V  I say unto thee that thou art Peter.
R  And upon this rock I will build My Church.

Let us pray.
O Lord Jesus Christ, Who saidst unto Thine Apostles: Peace I leave with you, My peace I give unto you: regard not our sins, but the faith of Thy Church, and vouchsafe to her that peace and unity which is according to Thy Will. Who livest and reignest God world without end. Amen*.

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*Which includes the prayer accompanying the Pax in both the Ordinary and Extraordinary Forms, and so is certainly legitime adprobata. In the days of the Vetus Ordo, when this prayer was said silently by the Priest, it was not as commonly known among the laity as it is now.

3 comments:

Amateur Brain Surgeon said...

We had better be cautious here; prayer for unity could be the father to the thought that might lead to a resurrection of Catholic Triumphalism.

Perhaps we Catholic Christians ought remain reconciled with the weltanschauung of soon-to-be Canonised, Pope Blessed Paul VI who told the United Nations that it is the best hope for mankind.

John Vasc said...

Father, I can tell you from my own distinct memory that in the 1950s and 1960s most Mass attendees were following the Latin text of the silent Canon with Missals, in Latin and in the English translation directly adjacent on the page. Any frequent massgoer will have known this and the other prayers of the Canon virtually by heart, as did I by the age of twelve.

The Flying Dutchman said...

I just now read an interesting interview with Pope St Gregory the Great, and can't help feeling it has been a while since you have reported on your visits to Pope Benedict XIV.