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Prayers for the Year of Faith

Praying with Faith

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.

Amen

~o~

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.

Amen

~o~

The Creed      

The Nicene Creed is our basic statement of faith. It would be a good idea to memorise the Creed during the Year of Faith.

I believe in one God, the Father almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all things visible and invisible.

I believe in one Lord Jesus Christ, the Only Begotten Son of God, born of the Father before all ages. God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, consubstantial with the Father; through him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation he came down from heaven, and by the Holy Spirit was incarnate of the Virgin Mary, and became man.

For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate, he suffered death and was buried, and rose again on the third day in accordance with the Scriptures. He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and his kingdom will have no end.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, who with the Father and the Son is adored and glorified, who has spoken through the prophets.

I believe in one, holy, catholic and apostolic Church. I confess one baptism for the forgiveness of sins and I look forward to the resurrection of the dead and the life of the world to come.

Amen

~o~

Westminster Diocese

Lord,
Let me see our face,
Know your heart and experience your love in my life.
Strengthen in me the precious gift of faith.
I believe Lord; Help my unbelief.

Amen