Prayer for the synod on evangelization
Merciful Father, we thank you for creating us in your image, for redeeming us through the death and resurrection of your son Jesus Christ and for giving us the privilege, through the gift of faith, of belonging to the Church and sharing such an abundant grace in the Holy Spirit.
You call us to share such faith with all the people on earth, so that everyone may fully know you and respond to your calling and then becoming a member of your Mystical Body and a living stone of your Temple. This is the mission you gave to your apostles and you give to us, today.
We are willing to carry on this mission, but we also recognize our weakness and our difficulty of being faithful witnesses of your love in our world. In our communities there are many fervent people, but the lost sheep are even more numerous, and the youth is increasingly disconnected with the Church. Our planet and our society are challenged by many problems and we struggle to find true solutions.
Heavenly Father, as we celebrate in this year the synod on evangelization of the Church in Taiwan, send the Holy Spirit into our hearts during the parish, the diocesan and the national stages of the synod, so that our parishes may be lively and full of missionary zeal. Especially help our young people to bring their energy and vitality to our communities and bless us with fervent vocations.
May your kingdom come!
Mary, mother of the Church, intercede for us!
In the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit. Amen.