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Prayer for the Universal Synod

Bishop Michael asks the priests and people of the Dioceses of Clonfert, Galway, Kilmacduagh and Kilfenora to pray for Pope Francis and the participants in the Synodal Assembly that opens in Rome on October 4th 2023 and to continue that prayer for the month of October.

“As you are aware Pope Francis convened the Church throughout the world in Synod in October 2021. This began with a consultation of the People of God. We are now approaching another milestone in this process with the opening of the first assembly of The Sixteenth Ordinary Session of the Synod of Bishops: “for a Synodal Church, Communion, Participation and Mission”. This assembly will begin in Rome on October 4th and continue until October the 29th 2023. Pope Francis has stated that “without prayer there will be no Synod”. It is only right that every diocese, parish, religious house and faith community in the world would pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the Synodal Process and the Assembly. I ask every person of faith, all people of good will, every parish community, religious communities and organisations in our dioceses to pray for the Church at this time.” – Bishop Michael

Loving Father,
Lord of all ages. God of all peoples.
Through your Son, Jesus Christ
you have called us by name.
You have gathered us into the family of the Church.
Send forth your Holy Spirit upon us.
Inspire Pope Francis
and all those who are assembled in Rome at this time.
Open their hearts to your voice.
Help them to recognise
how best to respond to your call.
Give us a new heart and a new spirit.
Strengthen our faith.
Renew your Church.
Inspire us to work for a world
where love abounds,
justice reigns and peace prevails.
With Mother Mary by our side.
All this we ask of you. Amen
© Dioceses of Galway, Kilmadcuagh, Kilfenora and Clonfert