Adoremus Presentation

The Eucharist as a sign of the Church’s Unity: "One Bread, One Body" revisited

01/10/2018 10:44 am

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This Adoremus Symposium presentation, centred on the 1998 document 'One Bread, One Body', focuses on the Eucharist and Christian unity.

The session was led by Dr Dominic Robinson SJ. Dr Robinson teaches dogmatic and pastoral theology at Heythrop college and Allen Hall seminary and is the vice-chair of the Society for Ecumenical Studies and of Churches Together in Westminster.

He was assisted by Canon John O’Toole, National Ecumenical Officer for the Catholic Bishops’ Conference of England and Wales alongside Reverend Callan Slipper (Church of England), Major David Evans (Salvation Army) and Reverend Neil Stubbens (Methodist Church).

One Bread, One Body is a 1998 teaching document of the Catholic Bishops’ Conferences of England and Wales, Ireland and Scotland, that focuses on the Eucharist in the life of the Church and the establishment of general norms on sacramental sharing between Catholics and other Christians in our countries.

In the foreword, the presidents of the Episcopal Conferences state: "We look forward to that day when all obstacles to full visible communion are overcome, and all Christians can celebrate the Eucharist together, sharing as 'one body' the 'one bread' of the Lord."

Bishops' Document

You can download the bishops' 1998 document One Bread, One Body here.

One Bread One Body - 1998 276.92 kB

Presentation

You can download the main presentation here:

Presentation: One Bread, One Body Revisted 3.24 MB

Downloads

You can read the interventions made by the representatives of the Church of England, Methodist Church and Salvation Army.

Reverend Slipper - Church of England - Adoremus 2.93 MB
Reverend Callan Slipper, National Ecumenical Officer, Church of England

Reverend Stubbens - Methodist Church - Adoremus 2.97 MB
Reverend Neil Stubbens, Former National Ecumenical Officer for the Methodist Church

Major Evans - Salvation Army - Adoremus 2.92 MB
Major David Evans, National Ecumenical Officer for the Salvation Army

Prayer

The religious community Chemin Neuf - meaning New Way - is a Roman Catholic foundation with an ecumenical vocation.

Its members worldwide experience the joy that comes from fellowship in Christ as well as the pain of disunity. As a sign of this division, they place an empty paten and chalice on the altar during evening prayer and pray in hope for the day when Christians will be able to gather around the one altar to celebrate the Eucharist together.

We end by praying together the Daily Prayer of the Chemin Neuf Community:

Lord Jesus,
who prayed that we might all be one,
we pray to You for the unity of Christians,
according to Your will, according to Your means.
May your Spirit enable us
to experience the suffering cause by division,
to see our sin,
and to hope beyond all hope.
Amen