All Anglican Union Oratorians commit to the following Rule of Life
FORMATION – We make a commitment to personal and corporate formation
Romans 12:1-2 “Therefore I urge you, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies a living and holy sacrifice, acceptable to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.”
Acts 2:42 “And they devoted themselves to the Apostles Teaching and fellowship, the breaking of bread and the prayers.”
ORARE – (Prayer) We Commit to be a people of PRAYER. Prayer is the pulse that runs through our life.
Mark 11:17 “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nation.’”
Acts 6: 4 “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.”
COMMISSION – We commit to being a Great Commission people.
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”
UNION – (UNITY) We commit to seek unity in love, in mission, in vision and to live into Community and to promote historic Christian unity.
John 17: 11 “I am no longer in the world; and yet they themselves are in the world, and I come to You. Holy Father, keep them in Your name, the name which You have given Me, that they may be one even as we are.”
SERVICE– As Oratorians we offer our lives for the sake of Christ, his Church and his Gospel. We commit to being a people who serve others with compassion and doing the Works of mercy.
Romans 12: 1 “I appeal to you therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God which is your spiritual worship.”
Hebrews 13:16- “Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Luke 22:27b “I am among you as one who serves.”
Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but too serve and to give his life as a ransom to many.”
The Corporal Works of Mercy,
1. Feeding the hungry
2. Giving drink to the thirsty
3. Caring for the homeless
4. Clothing the naked
5. Visiting the sick
6. Having compassion for the imprisoned
7. Burying the dead
The Spiritual Works of Mercy,
1. Instructing and catechizing the ignorant
2. Counseling the doubtful
3. Admonishing the sinful
4. Forgiving offenses
5. Comforting the afflicted
6. Bearing wrongs patiently
7. Praying for the living and the dead