Why the white robes?
“After this I looked, and there was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, robed in white, with palm branches in their hands.” (Revelation 7:9)
Each NonResident and Resident Community Member is given a white robe for the duration of their membership. If you’re Anglican, this is similar to what your priest might wear at a Eucharist service.
It represents our unity. We come from so many different cultures and church traditions and streams, and yet in spite of our differences, divisions and often painful histories, when we come to God in prayer, we are brothers and sisters in the same family and we belong together.
It represents our status as forgiven human beings who are being cleansed and healed day by day because of Jesus’ finished work on the cross.
It represents our hope – that one day we will all stand, from every nation, tribe, people and language, worshipping God together.
“Lord Jesus, who prayed that we might all be one, we pray to you for the unity of Christians; according to your will, according to your means. May your Spirit enable us to experience the suffering caused by division, to see our sin, and to hope beyond all hope. Amen.” Chemin Neuf Prayer for Christian Unity, as prayed daily at Lambeth Palace and by the Community.