Eastern Rite Catholic Churches: Bridge of Unity

Saturday, May 26, 2012

His Beatitude Sviatoslav Shevchuk, Major Archbishop of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church, paying a visit and his respect to His Beatitude Volodymyr, Primate of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church - Moscow Patriarchate who was Hospitalised before. Seen here giving him a Facsimile copy of the Buchach Bible as a Gift 

Reception to His Beatitude Mar George Cardinal Alenchery at Devalokam Catholicate Aramana

Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of both Canada and United States headed by Metropolitan Yurij and Constantine together with the Hierarchs of the Ukrainian Greek Catholic Church headed Metropolitan Lawrence Hulculak and Metropolitan Stefan Soroka

His Beatitude Gregorius III Laham, Patriarch of the Melkite Greek Catholic Church visiting His Beatitude Ignatius VII, Patriarch of the Antiochian Orthodox Church

"Mary, "Mother of the star that never sets,"(67) "dawn of the mystical day,"(68) "rising of the sun of glory,"(69) shows us the Orientale Lumen.

Every day in the East the sun of hope rises again, the light that restores life to the human race. It is from the East, according to a lovely image, that our Savior will come again (cf. Mt 24:27).
For us, the men and women of the East are a symbol of the Lord who comes again. We cannot forget them, not only because we love them as brothers and sisters redeemed by the same Lord, but also because a holy nostalgia for the centuries lived in the full communion of faith and charity urges us and reproaches us for our sins and our mutual misunderstandings: we have deprived the world of a joint witness that could, perhaps, have avoided so many tragedies and even changed the course of history.

May God shorten the time and distance. May Christ, the Orientale Lumen, soon, very soon, grant us to discover that in fact, despite so many centuries of distance, we were very close, because together -- perhaps without knowing it -- we were walking towards the one Lord, and thus towards one another."

Indeed our Brethren in the Eastern Catholic Churches are working together with our Separated Brothers in the Orthodoxy to attained Christian Unity. Let us pray that one day all may be one, that all may belong to one living Church of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ


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