Prayers

Prayer of Anticipation

We pray that, as leader of the Church, Pope Francis will awaken in our minds and hearts the importance of our faith in today’s society. We pray that we will hunger for a deeper understanding of our faith as we participate in programs and events in our parishes that increase our knowledge of the Catholic faith and Church teachings. We pray that we will seek opportunities to deepen our faith life through prayer, Mass attendance and reception of the Sacraments. We pray that family life will be nurtured by a strong effort to practice our faith traditions and be nurtured by our relationship with Jesus. We pray that we will strive to grow in holiness as we follow the example of Jesus and live as his disciples. We pray that we will make an effort to discover ways in which we can share with one another the Gospel message and the faith we profess.

- Sr. Ann Parker, Pastoral Associate Debbie Wheeler, Director of Religious Education

Prayer of World Meeting of Families

God and Father of us all, in Jesus, your Son and our Savior, you have made us your sons and daughters in the family of the Church. May your grace and love help our families in every part of the world be united to one another in fidelity to the Gospel. May the example of the Holy Family, with the aid of your Holy Spirit, guide all families, especially those most troubled, to be homes of communion and prayer and to always seek your truth and live in your love. Through Christ our Lord. Amen. Jesus, Mary and Joseph, pray for us!

Prayers of Each Day of Francis’ Visit

Tuesday, September 22nd

O God, who in each pilgrim Church throughout the world make visible the one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church, graciously grant that your faithful may be so united to their shepherd and gathered together in the Holy Spirit through the Gospel and the Eucharist, as to worthily embody the universality of your people and become a sign and instrument in the world of the presence of Christ. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.

Wednesday, September 23rd

Almighty ever-living God, in whose hand lies every human heart and the rights of peoples, look with favor, we pray, on those who govern with authority, that throughout the whole world the prosperity of peoples, the assurance of peace, and freedom of religion may through your gift be made secure. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Thursday, September 24th

O God, who arrange all things in wondrous order and govern in marvelous ways, look with favor on the assembled, for whom we now pray, and mercifully pour out upon them the spirit of your wisdom, that they may decide everything for the well-being and peace of all and may never turn aside from your will. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Set our hearts aflame, O Lord, with the Spirit of your charity, we pray, that we may always think thoughts worthy and pleasing to your majesty and love you sincerely in our brothers and sisters. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Friday, September 25th

O God, who gave one origin to all peoples and willed to gather from them one family for yourself, fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love and kindle in them a desire for the just advancement of their neighbor, that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all, each human person may be brought to perfection, every division may be removed, and equity and justice may be established in human society. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, who show a father’s care for all, grant, in your mercy, that the members of the human race, to whom you have given a single origin, may form in peace a single family and always be united by a fraternal spirit. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

O God, in whose eternal design family life has its firm foundation, look with compassion on the prayers of your servants and grant that, following the example of the Holy Family of your Only Begotten Son in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity, we may, in the joy of your house, delight one day in eternal rewards. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

Sunday, September 27th

O God, whose Son humbled himself and took the form of a slave to redeem the human race from being captive to sin, grant to your servants held in confinement that they may obtain the freedom you destine to all, for we are your sons and daughters. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.