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Let Us Pray for the Upcoming Synod

September 8, 2015

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The XIV Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops will begin on October 4th, 2015, on the topic "The vocation and mission of the family in the Church and in the contemporary world."

In his Wednesday audience of March 25th earlier this year, Pope Francis invited everyone, including "the Pope, cardinals, bishops, priests, men and women religious, lay faithful" to pray for the synod. "We are all called to pray for the Synod. This is what is needed, not gossip! I also call to prayer those who feel distant or who are no longer used to it. This prayer for the Synod on the Family is for the good of everyone."

"The Church, as a mother, never abandons the family, even when it is downhearted, wounded and humiliated in so many ways. Neither when it falls into sin nor moves away from the Church; she will always do everything to try to care for and heal it, to call it to conversion and to reconcile it to the Lord. If this then is the task, it is clear how much prayer the Church needs in order to be able, in every age, to carry out this mission! Prayer full of love for the family and for life. Prayer that can rejoice with the rejoicing and suffer with the suffering."

At the end of that audience, a prayer card was distributed to all of those present with a prayer composed by the Pope himself, which he invited everyone to take with them to be prayed frequently over the next few months, with holy insistence, just as Jesus asked us to do.

Prayer to the Holy Family

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
in you we contemplate
the splendour of true love,
to you we turn with trust.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
grant that our families too
may be places of communion and prayer,
authentic schools of the Gospel
and small domestic Churches.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may families never again
experience violence, rejection and division:
may all who have been hurt or scandalized
find ready comfort and healing.

Holy Family of Nazareth,
may the approaching Synod of Bishops
make us once more mindful
of the sacredness and inviolability of the family,
and its beauty in God’s plan.

Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
graciously hear our prayer.

Amen.



For more information:

Address of His Holiness Pope Francis for the Conclusion of the Third Extraorindary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops

Relatio Synodi of the Extraordinary Synod (2014)

Instrumentum laboris for the 2015 Synod

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