VATICAN CITY, OCT. 5, 2008 (Zenit.org).- Here is
the prayer published by the Vatican for the success of
the 12th Ordinary General Assembly of the Synod of Bishops.
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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.