Universalis

Sunday, 25 January 2009

Inverness Cathedral - Scottish Episcopal Church

We complete this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity by visiting the glorious Inverness Cathedral. Here is the welcome sign outside the West Door.



How sad that all Christians in Inverness are not able to share at the Eucharistic Banquet in this church. Let us pray that we will soon be in full communion with each other.

O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray
that all thy Church might be for ever one,
grant us at every Eucharist to say
with longing heart and soul, "thy will be done."
O may we all one Bread, one Body be,
through this blest Sacrament of unity.

For all thy Church, O Lord, we intercede;
make thou our sad divisions soon to cease;
draw us the nearer each to each, we plead,
by drawing all to thee, O Prince of Peace;
thus may we all one Bread, one Body be,
through this blest Sacrament of unity.

We pray thee too for wanderers from thy fold;
O bring them back, good Shepherd of the sheep,
back to the faith which saints believed of old,
back to the Church which still that faith doth keep;
soon may we all one Bread, one Body be,
through this blest Sacrament of unity.

So, Lord, at length when sacraments shall cease,
may we be one with all thy Church above,
one with thy saints in one unbroken peace,
one with thy saints in one unbounded love;
more bless├Ęd still, in peace and love to be
one with the Trinity in Unity.

Happy Sunday!

2 comments:

John the organist said...

A lovely series Peter. I have found the CTE leaflet whcih I got from the website most useful. You will see from my blog that we have dined with the Cardinal! I do love this hymn - sadly we have not sung it this week!

Peter Simpson said...

Delighted to read about your dinner with the Cardinal - it sounds as if it was a splendid occasion. The shops in Chiswick are excellent - though I don't know what the Cardinal's cooking is like! I have Bishop Howard Tripp coming to my new home for lunch on Wednesday - not quite the Cardinal, but I am very honoured. I have not yet issued an invitation to Benedict XVI, though no doubt Edward Henley will be able to make the arrangements.