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Prayers for the Year of Faith - July


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


July 2013

General Intercession: World Youth Day  That World Youth Day in Brazil may encourage all young Christians to become disciples and missionaries of the gospel.
Missionary Intercession: Asia That throughout Asia doors may be open to messengers of the gospel.


June 2013

General Intercession: A Culture of Mutual Respect 

Missionary Intercession: New Evangelisation


May 2013

General Intercession: The Administrators of Justice 

Missionary Intercession: Seminarians

April 2013

General Intercession: Life-giving Worship

Missionary Intercession: Churches in Mission Territories


March 2013

General Intercession: Respect for Nature

Missionary Intercession: Bishops, Priests and Deacons


February 2013

General Intention: Migrant Families

Missionary Intention: Peace


January 2013

General Intention: The Year of Faith  

Missionary Intention: Christians of the Middle East 


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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