Charles Wesley in Rome

My colleague Neil and his wife would be pleased to see this news bit from CNS, describing an ecumenical evening prayer this past Sunday honoring Charles Wesley. Location: St Paul Outside the Walls.

The president of the World Methodist Council, the Rev. John Barrett:

It was mind-blowing really (to celebrate Wesley and sing his hymns) in Rome with an ecumenical gathering. I think Charles Wesley would be thrilled. He did not write these hymns just for Methodist people, but because they expressed Christian truths.

The president of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, Cardinal Walter Kasper, presided:

(It is) through these hymns that Roman Catholics have come to know and appreciate (him). (Wesley’s hymns express) God’s universal love made known in Jesus Christ, the call to scriptural holiness and renewal of life, the sacramental life of the church, Christian hope and the presence of the Holy Spirit.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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