"We ask of you holy fathers, brothers and respectful
sirs, as we have asked you before in the name of the compassionate Christ,
who has loved us, even though we are vile, sinful and desperate, to return
to the agreement we had with the holy fathers. Let us return to the
time when we spoke as one voice and there existed no schism between
us. Let us get to know one another deeply and brotherly let us respect
the holy fathers who we both share, and the holy tradition that was passed
down to us by them. In this manner as one voice and heart we
will glorify the honorable and magnificent name of the father, son, and the
holy spirit, now and for ever and for the ages of ages. Amen."
This was a speech made by St. Mark at the Florence
conference in 1438. The Florence conference was an attempt to unite the
Catholic and Orthodox churches, the only two Christian churches in existence
six centuries ago.
It should be noted that there were 17 Orthodox bishops at
the conference, and the only bishop who voted against a union was St.
Mark. Even though St. Mark supported a union he felt it could not be
at the expense of the Orthodox religion. For the background to
this speech look at: Attempt to Unite the East and West.
This writing deals with an attempt to unite
the Orthodox and Catholic church. Take a look at the article
Attempt to Unite the East and West.