Joint Reformation Commemoration Prayer Services
To commemorate the 500th anniversary of the Reformation in a spirit of mutual reconciliation, repentance, and hope, the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Omaha and the Nebraska Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America are hosting two prayer services in Omaha, May 1st and September 11th.
The first service will be held at St. Cecilia's Cathedral (701 N. 40th Street) on Monday, May 1st, at 7 p.m.
Bishop Brian Maas of the Nebraska Synod will preach.
The second service will be held at Kountze Memorial Lutheran Church (2650 Farnam) on Monday, September 11th, at 7 p.m. Archbishop Lucas of the Archdiocese of Omaha will preach.
Both bishops will co-preside at each service, and all are welcome and invited to attend. The services will use Common Prayer*, a resource developed by a joint commission of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity and the Lutheran World Federation. The Common Prayer service is based on the joint ecumenical document, From Conflict to Communion, which calls on Roman Catholics and Lutherans worldwide to affirm their common faith.
The 500th Anniversary of the Reformation is a celebration of the fundamental aspects of faith that the two bodies share in common. The two sides are committed to discussing their remaining differences with honesty and humility. By participating in these two prayer services, Roman Catholics and Lutherans give public testimony to the shared virtues of repentance and reconciliation, thanksgiving and hope through the merits of Jesus Christ and the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Soli Deo Gloria! (To God alone the Glory!).
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*The Common Prayer, is a practical guide to a process of worship for a joint Roman Catholic-Lutheran commemoration of 500 years of the Reformation. It is structured around the themes of thanksgiving, repentance and commitment to common witness. The aim is to express the gifts of the Reformation and ask forgiveness for the division perpetuated by Christians from the two traditions. Common Prayer is the liturgy used last year by Pope Francis and Bishop Munib Younan, the President of the Lutheran World Federation, on the Pope's visit to Lund Cathedral in Sweden.