When a Catholic parish and a Lutheran church in Philadelphia made a pilgrimage to meet in an intersection of Mount Airy’s streets Oct. 22, they gathered in a prayer that, even on the 500th anniversary of the rupture in the church, someday “they might all be one.” Read the full story of the service and the six-week, joint study program of the two churches, here. (Photos by D’Mont Reese)
Parishioners of St. Raymond of Penafort Parish, led by altar servers and clergy including the pastor, Father Chris Walsh (left) and Deacon Bill Bradley, walk from their church after Mass on Oct. 22 to join members of Reformation Lutheran Church for an ecumenical prayer service.
Rev. Nate Preisinger (left), the interim pastor of Reformation Lutheran Church, greets Deacon Bill Bradley of St. Raymond Parish.
Members of the two churches greet one another in friendship and Christian unity.
St. Raymond of Penafort Parish and Reformation Lutheran Church, both in the Mount Airy section of Philadelphia, stopped traffic at the intersection of Vernon Road and Gilbert Street in Mount Airy as a public prayer service to conclude the congregations’ joint study series, “Remembering the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation” on Sunday morning, Oct. 22.
Father Chris Walsh leads a prayer among those gathered for a service at an intersection on Sunday morning, Oct. 22.