Prayers for Papal Visit: City of Brotherly Love

USCCB’s Papal Visit Prayers of the Day

for the blessing of all families
(Mass – World Meeting of Families)

O God, in whose eternal design
family life has its firm foundation,
look with compassion on the prayers of your servants
and grant that, following the example
of the Holy Family of your Only Begotten Son
in practicing the virtues of family life and in the bonds of charity,
we may, in the joy of your house,
delight one day in eternal rewards.
Through Christ our Lord.

for immigrants
(Speech at Independence Hall)

O Lord, to whom no one is a stranger
and from whose help no one is ever distant,
look with compassion on refugees and exiles,
on segregated persons and on lost children;
restore them, we pray, to a homeland,
and give us a kind heart for the needy and for strangers.
Through Christ our Lord.

for all married couples
(Festival of Families)

O God, who in creating the human race
willed that man and wife should be one,
join, we pray, in a bond of inseparable love
your servants who are united in the covenant of Marriage,
so that, as you make their love fruitful,
they may become, by your grace, witnesses to charity itself.
Through Christ our Lord.

The Holy Father first asked for our prayers from the balcony of Saint Peter’s Square, immediately after he was elected pope. During his visit to the United States, Pope Francis has asked repeatedly for prayers:  He asked House Speaker John Boehner to pray for him. He asked the homeless in DC to pray for him. He asked schoolchildren in East Harlem to pray for him. He asked the faithful at Madison Square Garden to pray for him. Let us pray for our Vicar of Christ on Earth:

Prayer for Pope Francis

O God, the Shepherd and Ruler of all Your faithful people,
mercifully look upon Your servant Pope Francis,
whom You have chosen as the chief Shepherd
to preside over Your Church. We beg You to help him edify,
both by word and example, those over whom he has charge,
that he may reach everlasting life together with the flock entrusted to him.
Through Christ our Lord. Amen.

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