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For a Common Prayer between Anglicans and Roman Catholics: “O Lord, open our lips”

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Dated: 27 May 2014

Comités mixtes Anglican-Catholique de France (Agreed Statements)

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“Over the last few years the members of the committee of French ARC have had the joyful experience
of celebrating together the daily offices of Morning and Evening Prayer during their annual residential
meetings, using Anglican and Roman Catholic liturgies in turn. These daily offices have also been
the subject of our research and discussion as we have explored their historical, liturgical, theological and pastoral

Amongst the important foundational moments of the ecumenical movement, historians often point to the
‘invention’ of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in 1908. This week of prayer has provided important spiritual
roots for the ecumenism of today. Its origins lie in the Anglo-Catholic milieu of the Franciscan
Community of the Atonement where the divine office was celebrated each day.

We want to encourage Anglican and Roman Catholic communities in France to read this document and to
take advantage of every occasion – either in their regular local contacts or in celebrating more significant occasions
– to join together in praying these offices; praying with Christ and in Christ, united in a common prayer
that will incline our spirits and hearts to work for the unity of all Christians.”

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