Sunday, December 16, 2007

Chaplet for Reunification

I am currently working on a new prayer chaplet to be meditated upon for the purpose of the reunification of the Latin and Eastern Orthodox church. But also it may be used by Catholics for the hopes and prayers of reunification with all Christian faiths. Here is its current form:

The Chaplet for Reunification

(Sign of the Cross)
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen

On the Cross, the Apostles Creed:
I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord. He was conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary. He suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried. He descended to the dead. On the third day He rose again. He ascended into Heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit, the holy catholic church, the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body and of life everlasting. Amen.

On the first bead:
For the intentions of our Holy Father Pope Benedict the XVI and for the reunification of our Church, we pray:
Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

On the next three beads, recite the Hail Mary:
For the universal virtues of Faith, Hope, and Charity, we pray:
Hail, Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus. Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen.

On the first mystery bead:
In honor of the first Patriarch, Our Holy Father, the Bishop of Rome, we pray; Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

On each bead of the first decade, pray the Orthodox Jesus Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God; have mercy on me, a sinner

On the second mystery bead:
In honor of the second Patriarch, the Bishop of Constantinople, we pray; Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

On each bead of the second decade, pray the Orthodox Jesus Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God; have mercy on me, a sinner

On the third mystery bead:
In honor of the third Patriarch, the Bishop of Alexandria, we pray; Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

On each bead of the third decade, pray the Orthodox Jesus Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God; have mercy on me, a sinner

On the fourth mystery bead:
In honor of the fourth Patriarch, the Bishop of Antioch, we pray; Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

On each bead of the fourth decade, pray the Orthodox Jesus Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God; have mercy on me, a sinner

On the fifth mystery bead:
In honor of the fifth Patriarch, the Bishop of Jerusalem, we pray; Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

On each bead of the fifth decade, pray the Orthodox Jesus Prayer:
Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God; have mercy on me, a sinner

On the centerpiece, pray the Gloria:
Glory to God in the highest and peace to His people on earth. Lord God heavenly King, almighty God and Father, we worship You, we give you thanks, we praise You for Your glory. Lord Jesus Christ, only Son of the Father, Lord God, Lamb of God, You take away the sin of the world; have mercy on us; You are seated at the right hand of the Father; receive our prayer. For You alone are the Holy One, You alone are the Lord, You alone are the Most High, Jesus Christ, with the Holy Spirit, in the glory of God the Father. Amen.

On the Crucifix:
That His will be done, we pray; Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come; thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread; and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil. Amen.

(Sign of the Cross)
In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen
(Kiss the Crucifix)