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Prayers for the Year of Faith - December

 

Prayers for the Year of Faith


When Pope Benedict XVI declared a Year of Faith to commence on 11 October 2012, he was conscious that it was the fiftieth anniversary of the opening of the Second Vatican Council. Below is a prayer that was said before every session of the Council.

 

We stand before you, Holy Spirit,

conscious of our sinfulness,

but aware that we gather in your name.

 

Come to us, remain with us,

and enlighten our hearts.

 

Give us light and strength

to know your will,

to make it our own,

and to live it in our lives.

 

Guide us by your wisdom,

support us by your power,

for you are God, sharing the glory of Father and Son.

 

You desire justice for all;

enable us to uphold the rights of others;

do not allow us to be misled by ignorance

or corrupted by fear or favour.

 

Unite us to yourself in the bond of love

and keep us faithful to all that is true.

As we gather in your name, may we temper justice with love,

so that all our discussions and reflections

may be pleasing to you, and earn the reward

promised to good and faithful servants.

 

We ask this of You who live and reign with the

Father and the Son, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

 

Holy Father’s Prayer Intentions for The Year of Faith

 

December 2012
General Intention: That migrants throughout the world may be welcomed with generosity and authentic love, especially by Christian communities.

Missionary Intention: Christ, light for all humanity. That Christ may reveal himself to all humanity with the light that shines forth from Bethlehem and is reflected in the face of his Church. 

 

November 2012
General Intention: Ministers of the Gospel
Missionary Intention: Pilgrim Church

 

October 2012:

General Intention: New Evangelisation
Missionary Intention: World Mission Day

 


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