A historic day is planned for Catholic-Lutheran relations in Florida. In communion with Bishop John Noonan of Orlando, Bishop Felipe Estévez of St. Augustine and Bishop Marcus Lohrmann of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, the community is invited to attend a Catholic-Lutheran Joint Commemoration marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation.
The commemoration is June 6, at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Avenue in Orlando. It begins at 6:30 p.m.
The model for the Common Prayer is the historic prayer service used in Sweden when Pope Francis and leaders of the Lutheran World Federation launched a year of activities to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s efforts to reform the Church. Pope Francis began that service praying, “the Holy Spirit would help to rejoice in the gifts that have come to the Church through the Reformation.” He added that all of us, as the Body of Christ, are called to a process of ongoing reform, rooted in a greater appreciation of the Word of God. Text for the Common Prayer is from the Liturgical Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity that includes members of the Lutheran World Federation and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and is made possible after 50 years of ecumenical dialogue.
The Common Prayer service will include prayers in both English and Spanish. For more information, visit https://www.orlandodiocese.org/commonprayer/.
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