Following the lead of Pope Francis and leaders of the Lutheran World Federation on Oct. 31, 2016 who prayed that “Catholics and Lutherans will be able to witness together to the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” Bishop John Noonan of the Diocese of Orlando, Bishop Felipe Estevez of the Diocese of St. Augustine and Bishop Marcus Lohrmann of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, Florida-Bahamas Synod will preside at a prayer service marking the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation on June 6, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at the Basilica of the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe, 8300 Vineland Avenue, Orlando. This is a historic day in Catholic-Lutheran relations.
All are welcome and encouraged to participate in the prayer service titled: “Common Prayer: Catholic-Lutheran Common Commemoration of the Reformation.”
Text for the Common Prayer has been provided by the Liturgical Task Force of the Lutheran-Roman Catholic Commission on Unity that includes members of the Lutheran World Federation (LWF) and the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity (PCPCU) and is made possible after 50 years of ecumenical dialogue.
Catholics and Lutherans are called to witness together to the mercy of God in proclamation and service to the world.