Augustine on Psalm LXVI
O LORD, we beseech thee mercifully to receive the prayers of thy people who call upon thee; and grant that they may both perceive and know what things they ought to do, and also may have grace and power faithfully to fulfil the same; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
O GOD, who by the leading of a star didst manifest thy only-begotten Son to the Gentiles; Mercifully grant that we, who know thee now by faith, may after this life have the fruition of thy glorious Godhead; through the same thy Son Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Source Sacramentary of Bishop Gregory of Rome [600 AD]. It is based on James 4:17, John 13:17, and Luke 12:47 -[Barbee and Zahl]
Collect of Epiphany - said in the Octave of Epiphany
Thinking on the passing of brother RJ Neuhaus, and his work with men of various denominations to find the center of conservative Christian thought in the 20th Century, brought to mind that there are some First Things that all Christians do share in common, and we ought to seek to build on those where we can to heal these divisions where possible - and we can build those bridges here, in the Order, and with Christians in our communities. We can avoid those titles and practices which tend to lead to division, and focus on the Early Church and the first things of doctrine and faith.
CS Lewis wrote of the Church
"It is at her center, where her truest children dwell, that each communion is really closest to every other in spirit, if not in doctrine. And this suggests that at the center of each there is something, or a Someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice."
Released by Primus Pilus
HQ, Legio Christi-Ecclesia Militans
"Let us therefore follow after the things which make for peace, and things wherewith one may edify another" [St. Paul's Epistle to the Romans 14:19]
* ORDO CENTURIONUM * IN HOC SIGNO VINCES * TIME DEUM ET OPERARE IUSTITIAM