Council Meeting Opening Prayer


V.   In the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost. Amen

All.   Come, Holy Spirit, * replenish the hearts of your faithful, * and kindle in them the fire of your love.

We fly to your patronage, * O holy Mother of God.  * Despise not our petitions in our necessities, * but deliver us always from all dangers, * O Virgin glorious and blest.

Look down, blessed father Francis, * from the high court of Heaven, * and pray for your people, * the people that you have selected, * that in your presence they may at all times be faithful in the service of the Lord.

V.   Lord, have mercy on us.

All.  Christ, have mercy on us.

V.   Lord have mercy on us.

Our Father …

V.   Be mindful of your congregation,

All.  Which you have possessed from the beginning.

V.   O Lord, hear my prayer,

All.  And let my cry come unto you.

V.   The Lord be with you,

All.  And with your spirit.

V.   Let us pray:

All:  Enlighten, we beseech you, O Lord. * our minds with the light of your brightness, * that we may discern what is to be done, * and be able to do what is right. * Through Christ our Lord. Amen.