Monday, October 3, 2005

Prayer for Success of Synod

From ZENIT News Agency--The World Seen from Rome:

Lord Jesus Christ, whom the Father has commanded us to listen as his beloved
Son, shed your light upon your Church, so that she might have nothing more holy
than to listen to your voice and follow you. You are the Supreme Shepherd and
Ruler of Souls. Look then upon the Pastors of your Church gathered in these days
with the Successor of St. Peter in synod assembly. We implore you to sanctify
them in truth and confirm them in faith and love.

Lord Jesus Christ,
send forth your Spirit of love and truth on the bishops in synod and on all who
assist them in fulfilling their task. Make them more faithful to what the Spirit
is saying to the Churches; stir their souls and teach them truth by that same
Holy Spirit. Through their work, may the faithful of their Churches be purified
and strengthened in spirit, so that they might greater follow the Gospel through
which you accomplished salvation and they might make of themselves a living
offering to the heavenly Father.

May Mary, the Most Holy Mother of God
and Mother of the Church, assist the Bishops in these days, as she assisted the
Apostles in the Upper Room, and intercede with motherly affection to foster
brotherly communion among them, to allow them to rejoice in prosperity and peace
in the calmness of these days, and, in reading the signs of the times, to
celebrate the majesty of the merciful God, the Lord of History, to the praise
and glory of the Most Blessed Trinity, Father Son and Holy Spirit. Amen.

Vatican's Press Office for Synod News