12 January 2013

Anglican Prayer: New Evangelisation


With the Call for the New Evangelisation of Blessed Pope John Paul II ever before us, let us remember that great Prayer for Mission of the sainted Charles Henry Brent, a prayer that stands as the perfect response from Roman Catholics of the Anglican Patrimony to express our acceptance of the Call to the New Evangelisation given by Blessed Pope John Paul II and renewed by Pope Benedict: 

Lord JESUS Christ, who didst stretch out thine arms of love upon the hard wood of the Cross, that all men everywhere might come within the reach of thy saving embrace: So clothe us with thy Spirit that we, reaching forth our hands in love, may bring those who do not know thee to the knowledge and love of thee; for the honour of thy Name.  Amen.

This prayer by Dr. Brent may be found in two forms in The Book of Divine Worship (authorised by the Holy See for the Anglican Use communities in the USA and for the worldwide membership of the Personal Ordinariates of the Anglican Patrimony). 

It would be encouraging to see this prayer placed prominently on websites and literature of those groups involved in bringing the Anglican patrimony to safe harbour within the Catholic Church.

 +Laus Deo!