July 14, 2017

All are invited to participate in prayer initiative for Archbishop Thompson

Criterion staff report

Archbishop-designate Charles C. ThompsonWith the installation of Archbishop-designate Charles C. Thompson as shepherd of the Church in central and southern Indiana only two weeks away, Catholics and all people of faith are being encouraged to continue to offer prayers for him.

A prayer initiative begun last month by the archdiocesan Installation Committee, where the faithful are being asked to offer specific prayers in the days leading up to the July 28 Installation Mass, is available online at www.archindy.org/archbishop/prayers2017.html. These prayers are specially written for our archdiocese.

Participating in this effort is an excellent way to welcome Archbishop-designate Thompson to the local Church, noted Ken Ogorek, director of catechesis.

The prayer for July 13-19 follows below, and a special novena for Archbishop-designate Thompson will be posted on July 19 on the archdiocesan website at www.archindy.org/archbishop/prayers2017.html in the coming days.

Prayer for Pope Francis and Archbishop-designate Charles C. Thompson

Heavenly Father,
You bless your Church
with bishops as successors to the Apostles
chosen by your Son, our Savior, Jesus.
We ask you to sustain with your Spirit
our Holy Father Pope Francis
as well as the shepherd you have chosen for us,
Archbishop Charles Thompson.
May the bond of love and loyalty
between these two leaders
show itself in fruitful service
to the faithful throughout the world
as well as in central and southern Indiana.
Through our Lord Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns with the Father
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever. Amen. †

Related: Solemn Evening Prayer at cathedral, July 30 Mass in New Albany are open to the public

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