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Sept 30, 2017: Common Prayer with Cardinal Collins and Bishop Pryse

Lutherans and Roman-Catholics held their Joint Common Prayer Service at St.Ansgar Lutheran Church in Toronto on September 30, 2017. Archbishop Thomas Cardinal Collins and Bishop Michael Pryse led us in worship following the good example of Pope Francis and Bishop Munib Younan, President of the Lutheran World Federation, who prayed this liturgy together in Lundh/Sweden on Reformation Day 2016.


During the service we made a commitment to 5 of the imperatives found in “From Conflict to Communion”:

  1. Catholics and Lutherans should always begin from the perspective of unity and not from the point of view of division in order to strengthen what is held in common even though the differences are more easily seen and experienced.
  2. Lutherans and Catholics must let themselves continuously be transformed by the encounter with the other and by the mutual witness of faith.
  3. Catholics and Lutherans should again commit themselves to seek visible unity, to elaborate together what this means in concrete steps, and to strive repeatedly toward this goal.
  4. Lutherans and Catholics should jointly rediscover the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ for our time.
  5. Catholics and Lutherans should witness together to the mercy of God in proclamation and service to the world.

Have a look into the resources for Joint Common Prayer and the Study “From Conflict to Communion”!