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Prayers for the Year of Faith - January

 

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

 

January 2013

 

General Intention: The Year of Faith: That in this Year of Faith Christians may deepen their knowledge of the mystery of Christ and witness joyfully to the gift of faith in him.

 

Missionary Intention: Christians of the Middle East: That the Christian communities of the Middle East, often discriminated against, may receive from the Holy Spirit the strength of fidelity and perseverance.

 

December 2012:
General Intention: Migrants
Missionary Intention: Christ, light for all humanity 

 

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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