Prayers for Papal Visit: NYC

USCCB’s Papal Visit Prayers of the Day

for the progress of all peoples
(in honor of the Holy Father’s address to the UN)

O God, who gave one origin to all peoples
and willed to gather from them one family for yourself,
fill all hearts, we pray, with the fire of your love
and kindle in them a desire
for the just advancement of their neighbor,
that, through the good things which you richly bestow upon all,
each human person may be brought to perfection,
every division may be removed, and equity
and justice may be established in human society.
Through Christ our Lord.

for the peace and justice
(in honor of the Holy Father’s visit to Ground Zero)

O God, who show a father’s care for all,
grant, in your mercy,
that the members of the human race,
to whom you have given a single origin,
may form in peace a single family
and always be united by a fraternal spirit.
Through Christ our Lord.

for our hearts to open to greater love
(in honor of the Holy Father’s visit with the poor in East Harlem)

O God, who have taught your Church
to keep all the heavenly commandments
by love of you as God and love of neighbor;
grant that, practicing the works of charity
after the example of so many of your Saints,
we may be worthy to be numbered among the blessed in your Kingdom.
Through Christ our Lord.

for growth in holiness and building up God’s kingdom
(in honor of the Holy Father’s Mass in Madison Square Garden)

O God, who from living and chosen stones
prepare an eternal dwelling for your majesty,
increase in your Church the grace you have bestowed,
so that by unceasing growth
your faithful people may build up the heavenly Jerusalem.
Through Christ our Lord.

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