“…and joining themselves to the true Shepherd of Thy Church…”

www.barnhardt.biz | 1/22/2020 | Ann Barnhardt
madalina09madalina09 (Posted by) Level 4
Many of you might have noticed that there are extra prayers being said during Mass, specifically an extra Collect, and an extra Postcommunion. There is also an additional Secret being said, but the Secret is said sotto voce, of course.

These extra prayers are because we are in the Octave of Church Unity which began on January 18th, the old calendar feast of the Chair of St. Peter in Rome, and concludes on January 25th, the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul.

Baronius - Press - Missal - Votive - Mass

If you have the Baronius Press 1962 Missal that so many of us do, the Votive Mass for the Unity of the Church is on page 1655.

What I especially love is the Collect, which gives every indication of having been composed by the Divine Providence for our times. It is absolutely perfect:

O - God - Thou - Hast - Thee

O God, who settest straight what has gone astray, and gatherest together what is scattered, and keepest what Thou hast gathered together: we beseech Thee in Thy mercy to pour down on Christian people the grace of union with Thee, that, putting disunion aside and joining themselves...
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