Pope Benedict’s Prayer in preparation for the Year of Faith
Spirit of Life, who in the beginning hovered over the abyss,
help humanity of our time to understand that the exclusion of God
leads to being lost in the desert of the world,
and that only where faith enters, do dignity and liberty flourish and
the whole of society is built on justice.
Spirit of Pentecost, who makes the Church one Body,
restore in the baptized an authentic experience of communion;
make us living signs of the presence of the Risen One in the world,
a Community of saints that lives in the service of charity.
Holy Spirit, who equips us for the mission,
grant that we may recognize that, also in our time,
so many people are in search of the truth about their
existence and the world.
Make us collaborators of their joy with the proclamation
of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,
grain of the wheat of God, which renders good the terrain of life
and assures the abundance of the harvest.
This prayer was used by Pope John XXIII at the Second Vatican Council and then prayed by all the Bishops at the beginning of every session.
We stand before you, Holy Spirit, conscious of our sinfulness, but aware that we gather in your name.
Come to us, remain with us, and enlighten our hearts.
Give us light and strength to know your will, to make it our own, and to live it in our lives.
Guide us by your wisdom, support us by your power, for you are God, sharing the glory of the Father and the Son.
You desire justice for all: enable us to uphold the rights of others;
do not allow us to be misled by ignorance or corrupted by fear or favour.
Unite us to yourself in the bond of love and keep us faithful to all that is true.
As we gather in your name may we temper justice with love, so that all our decisions may be pleasing to you,
and earn the reward promised to good and faithful servants.
You live and reign with the Father and the Son, one God, for ever and ever.