A Catholic-Lutheran Ecumenical Prayer Service as we Approach the Anniversary of the Reformation
From Conflict to Communion: Together in Hope was a join Catholic-Lutheran Prayer Service to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The event was held Sunday, September 17th at the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary’s Christ Chapel.
The service was lead by The Most Rev. Robert E. Guglielmone, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Charleston and The Rev. Dr. Herman R. Yoos, Bishop of the South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America with help from The Rev. Gary Dreier, the Campus Pastor and Director of the Chapel.
The theme for the prayer service centered around the five ecumenical imperatives from the document From Conflict to Communion.
The first imperative
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.
The second imperative
Lutherans and Catholics must let themselves continuously be transformed by the encounter with the other and by the mutual witness of faith.
The third imperative
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.
The fourth imperative
Lutherans and Catholics should jointly rediscover the power of the gospel of Jesus Christ for our time.
The fifth imperative
Catholics and Lutherans should witness together to the mercy of God in proclamation and service to the world.
Bishops Guglielmone and Yoos offered personal reflections about Catholic-Lutheran relations throughout their lifetimes and offered hope for the days to come. Watch the video below.