November 6, 2009

‘Christ Our Hope: Compassion in Community’ prayer

Loving and merciful Father,
You sent your Son, Jesus Christ,
among us to assure us of your
abiding care and to stir up in our
hearts the hope of a new and
glorious world.

Sustain us amid the challenges of
this life, and by the gifts of your
Holy Spirit strengthen us in
compassionate service to one
another, so that we may continue
to build up your Kingdom before
the eyes of the world as
faith-filled and hopeful witnesses
to Jesus Christ our Hope.

Through the intercession of
Mary, Mother of Divine Hope,
St. Francis Xavier, St. Theodora
Guérin, and all the saints, bring
us all together to the glories of
your Kingdom, where you live
and reign with your Son and
Holy Spirit, one God, forever
and ever. Amen.

(Benedictine Father Julian Peters composed this prayer while serving as the administrator pro-tem of SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral Parish and interim archdiocesan director of worship.)

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