Today is the feast day of St Josaphat of Polotsk, the patron saint of Reunion between East and West.
Raise up, O Lord, we pray thee, in thy Church the Spirit whereby blessed Josaphat thy Martyr and Bishop laid down his life for the sheep; that, by his intercession, we, being moved and strengthened by the same, may not fear to lay down our lives for our brethren.
His intercession is particularly necessary and timely in the context of Archbishop Hilarion’s remarks yesterday:
“Today it can be said that we are moving to a moment when it becomes possible to prepare a meeting between the Pope and the Patriarch of Moscow.”
Our Lady, Joy of All Who Sorrow, pray for us
Saint Josaphat of Polotsk, pray for us