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The Octave of Prayer
The promotion in England of the Church Unity Octave (or Chair of Unity Octave) has been entrusted to the Servants of Chtist the King. The Octave is a work of prayer for what is commonly known as reunion. For Catholics the only meaning this term can have is the gi thering of all Christians into the unity of the Catholic Church under the primacy of the successor of Se Peter. Eight days in Januitry are devoted to prayer for this object, the intention for each day being assigned to a different portion of the non-Catholic world. The Octave opens on the Feast of St. 1Peter's Chair at Rome (January 18) and closes on that of the Conversion of St. Paul (January 25).
The Octave of Prayer was first made in January, 1908, by the Anglican religious of the Society of the Atonement at Graymoor, New York. In 1909 the Society made its corporate submission to the Catholic Church, and as a Catholic religious institute (forming part Of the Franciscan family) the Friars and Sisters of the Atonement still continue their work for unity.