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
General Intercession: Value of Silence: That people today, often overwhelmed by noise, may rediscover the value of silence and listen to the voice of God and their brothers and sisters.
Missionary Intercession: Persecuted Christians: That Christians suffering persecution in many parts of the world may by their witness be prophets of Christ's love.
General Intercession: Parents and Teachers
Missionary Intercession: Local Churches in Africa
General Intercession: World Youth Day
Missionary Intercession: Asia
General Intercession: A Culture of Mutual Respect
Missionary Intercession: New Evangelisation
General Intercession: The Administrators of Justice
Missionary Intercession: Seminarians
General Intercession: Life-giving Worship
Missionary Intercession: Churches in Mission Territories
General Intercession: Respect for Nature
Missionary Intercession: Bishops, Priests and Deacons
General Intention: Migrant Families
Missionary Intention: Peace
General Intention: The Year of Faith
Missionary Intention: Christians of the Middle East
General Intention: Migrants
Missionary Intention: Christ, light for all humanity
General Intention: Ministers of the Gospel
Missionary Intention: Pilgrim Church
General Intention: New Evangelisation
Missionary Intention: World Mission Day